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Nord Stream Sabotage
The Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, which delivered energy to Germany from Russia, were hit by explosions in September 2022. In February, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh alleged that the explosions were organized by the US with the support of Norway.

Compensation Claims for Nord Stream Blast After Identifying Responsible Justified: Kremlin

© Photo : Swedish Coast GuardGas leak location on Nord Stream 2
Gas leak location on Nord Stream 2  - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.03.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's claims for compensation for the sabotage at the Nord Stream gas pipelines after the identification of perpetrators are justified, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
"If we are talking about, let's say, sabotage by one or more states, while the data indicate that such a large-scale act of sabotage and a terrorist act against critical infrastructure could not have been committed without the participation of the state and special services to their full potential. Well, then, of course, this would be a completely justified question," Peskov told reporters when asked who compensation claims can be presented to.
Such a large-scale sabotage against Russia like the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines could not have been committed without national intelligence services, the official added.

"Western countries are taking all possible measures to ... [silence] this topic, to silence it so that this topic is not on the agenda, but, of course, Russia will continue to do everything possible to prevent this from happening," Peskov said.

In this picture provided by Swedish Coast Guard, the gas leak in the Baltic Sea from Nord Stream photographed from the Coast Guard's aircraft on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.03.2023
Nord Stream Sabotage
Denmark Believes Object Found Near Nord Stream Located There Long Before Blasts, Media Reports

The Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, built to deliver gas under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, were hit by explosions last September. Nord Stream's operator, Nord Stream AG, said that the damage was unprecedented and it was impossible to estimate the time repairs might take.

Russia considers the explosions of the two pipelines an act of international terrorism.

There are no official results of the investigation yet, but US journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh alleged that the explosions were organized by the United States with the support of Norway. The US denies its involvement in the incident.

On Putin's Reported Visit to Ankara

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied reports Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Turkiye.

"No," Peskov said when asked if preparations for Putin’s visit to Ankara are ongoing.
Earlier in the day, Turkish media reported that Ankara is preparing for Putin’s visit and its details are kept in secret.

On Russia's Plans to Deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Belarus

The West's reaction will not affect Russia's plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, Peskov highlighted.
"Such a reaction, of course, cannot change Russia's plans," Peskov told reporters.
Russian President Vladimir Putin - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.03.2023
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