In September, the news broke that a pair of undersea natural gas pipelines, Nordstream 1 and 2, owned by Russia, had been sabotaged.
Photographs posted by NATO allies showed a wide swath of natural gas bubbling up to the surface of the sea, adding environmental disaster to the then-worsening war in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.
At the time, Vladimir Putin
made it crystal clear he blamed the United States and NATO for the attack.
“They are destroying European energy infrastructure… it’s clear who benefits,” Putin was quoted as saying. “It’s obvious to everyone who did it.”
The Moscow Times added at the time:
blamed the United States
for this week’s unexplained explosions at the Nord Stream pipelines that have left the damaged pipelines leaking huge amounts of natural gas into the Baltic Sea.
The Russian president
also addressed the upcoming winter, which is shaping up to be especially brutal for Europeans after having lost the Nordstream links.
“They print money, [CURRENCY, MONEY IS GOLD AND SILVER OR PAPER PROMISSORY NOTES BACKED BY SOMETHING OF INTRINSIC VALUE]
but you cannot warm your homes with this printed money… They have to convince their citizens to shower less, eat less, and put on warm clothes,” he said, according to the Moscow outlet.
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