Russia’s demand that the United States say whether it was behind mysterious blasts hitting underwater natural gas pipelines in Europe is “ridiculous,” a senior US official said Wednesday.
President Joe Biden “is obliged to answer the question of whether the US carried out its threat,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier.
Russia is citing remarks by President Joe Biden in the build up to Russia invading Ukraine in which he stated that if Russia invaded Ukrain then there “will no longer be a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.”
“We all know Russia has a long history of spreading disinformation and is doing it again here,” Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said.
Adding fuel to the flames of blame, Poland’s former Minister of National Defense Tweeted a cryptic message, writing, “thank you, USA” along with a photo of the surface of the water above the Nord Stream 2 leak.
The New York Times on Tuesday revealed, that the CIA warned weeks ago the pipes could be attacked after agents sent a ‘strategic warning’ to European allies including Germany, sources told Der Spiegel last night, though they refused to say whether Russia was identified as a culprit. The warning was not specific and did not pinpoint a time or location for an attack, the New York Times added.
Many of the world powers are pointing the finger at the Kremlin, and European officials who briefed the Washington Post last night that “no-one is thinking this is anything other than Russian sabotage.”
The Kremlin has denied any involvement, calling allegations against Russia “stupid.”
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