Roundup: European experts question unusual silence over Nord Stream blasts

Roundup: European experts question unusual silence over Nord Stream blasts

BERLIN, March 6 (Xinhua) — Despite their own heavy losses, European countries — especially Germany — have unanimously remained silent on the explosions that destroyed the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines last September and subsequent investigations.

Since veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed the US Navy’s involvement in the explosions at the US portal Substack last month, more and more experts have questioned Europe’s atypical, collective silence.

According to Hersh, a US Pulitzer Prize winner, last June US Navy divers planted the remote-triggered explosives that destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines months later.

Europe’s largest economy, Germany, has been particularly affected by the energy crisis due to the cessation of gas supplies from Russia. However, the country’s government, like its allies, has refrained from talking about the explosions publicly.

A German government spokesman declined to comment on Hersh’s article at Xinhua’s request at a press conference last month. Meanwhile, the German media has made a big move to discredit Hersh’s article.

Once proven that the pipelines were indeed blown up by the United States, it would overturn the European public’s acceptance of the West’s current narratives, which claimed that European infrastructure was “under threat from Russia,” said Li Xing, professor of development and development. international relations at Denmark’s Aalborg University.

The US Navy’s involvement in the Nord Stream pipeline explosions last year, which was discovered by Hersh, was an “economic war” against its submissive allies in Europe, Jan Oberg, a Swedish expert, told Xinhua in an interview.

“One has to wonder when the Europeans will wake up and finally understand that they no longer share interests with the United States,” emphasized Oberg, head of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.

Croatian security expert Mirko Vukobratovic told Xinhua that the US Navy’s alleged involvement in the September 2022 Nord Stream explosions was “not impossible”.

The US has the most to gain from the destruction of the pipelines, Josep Puigsech, a Spanish political expert at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​told Xinhua.

“I increasingly believe that the incident that led to the rupture of the gas pipeline was the result of action by the United States,” Puigsech said.


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