The president asserted that sanctioning Russia was no longer sufficient for “Anglo-Saxons.” He further added that the Anglo Saxons went ahead and sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines.
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President Vladimir Putin reiterated on Friday that the US and UK were behind the explosions on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea that carried Russian natural gas to Germany and that they “obviously” benefited from it.
Putin claimed that Washington was attempting to “completely get its hands on the European market” by pressuring the EU to forbid the import of Russian goods.
“But the sanctions are no longer enough for the Anglo-Saxons,” he said, using Russian shorthand for the US-UK transatlantic alliance. “They have turned to sabotage – it’s unbelievable, but it’s a fact – by organizing the explosions on the Nord Stream international gas pipelines,” the president stated.
“They de facto began the destruction of the common European energy infrastructure. It’s obvious to everyone who benefits from it. Those who benefit are the ones who have done it.”
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Putin’s statement was condemned by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as being a part of “outrageous misinformation and disinformation campaigns” originating from Moscow.
“I really have nothing to say to the absurd allegation from President Putin that we are or other partners or allies are somehow responsible for this,” Blinken said, according to AFP.
Putin spoke at the Kremlin prior of the signing of treaties incorporating the two Donbass republics, as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, which declared independence from Ukraine, into the Russian Federation.
Monday saw a pressure drop in the Nord Stream pipelines, which led to the appearance of four gas leaks. The explosions were allegedly planned, according to the EU and some of its member states. Putin called the attack on Saturday a terrorist crime.
By the time the leaks surfaced, Nord Stream 1 had already been shut down for extended maintenance. The lengthy holdup was attributed by Russian operator Gazprom to Western sanctions placed on Moscow as a result of its military campaign in Ukraine.
Due to Germany’s decision to withhold certification of Nord Stream 2 in reaction to the crisis in Ukraine, it was never completely operational.