The Russian Foreign Ministry has reminded the State Department of its own history of misleading claims
Attempts by the US State Department to brush off Seymour Hersh’s article on sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines as “nonsense” are blatant lies that show a shocking ignorance of American history, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday.
The veteran investigative journalist reported on Wednesday that the United States was behind the destruction of Baltic Sea pipelines in September 2022. American divers planted charges under the guise of a NATO exercise, and a Norwegian aircraft remotely detonated them when the time came, Hersh wrote.
“It would not be typical of us to engage allies and partners in something that is complete and utter nonsense,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday, responding to a question about Hersh’s article.
Zakharova said she was surprised by Price’s audacity to call “nonsense” what the president of the United States Joe Biden and Deputy Foreign Minister Victoria Nuland openly described as their preferred outcome.
“The US is once again lying live on air and openly mocking journalists who asked completely legitimate questions,” Zakharova said.
Washington also has a history of targeting civilian petrochemical infrastructure, Zakharova noted, citing the 1983 CIA sabotage of a pipeline in Nicaragua as an example.
“You did this, you are doing this, and you will do this until you are stopped,” the spokeswoman added.
As for driving allies and partners to “nonsense”, Zakharova argued that this is exactly what “transatlantic solidarity” means in practice, citing the 2003 invasion of Iraq as an example.
“Twenty years ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell brought a bottle of something to the UN Security Council and called [on] allies and partners to invade a sovereign state, without any evidence, over claims that turned out to be pure nonsense. Ned, do you know the history of your own department?” Zakharova said. “I have no doubt that those in the State Department are bad with the history of their own country. That’s why we’re where we are.”
Explosions that damaged both Nord Stream pipelines near the Danish island of Bornholm cut off the flow of Russian natural gas to Germany. US officials tried to blame Russia for the blasts, while expressing joy at the destruction and call it an “opportunity” for Europe. The White House has damned Hersh’s report as “completely false and complete fiction.”
Zakharova noted that Denmark and Sweden had refused Russian offers to help with the investigation, while Norway refused to provide support citing EU sanctions, adding that this showed the three governments were not interested in finding out the truth, but rather hide it.