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Putin says Nord Stream explosions are being carried out at ‘state level’ – WorldNews WAALI

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that last year’s explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipeline had been carried out at the “state level”, dismissing the idea that a pro-Ukraine autonomous group was responsible as “absolute nonsense”.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines linking Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea were hit by a series of unexplained explosions last September, in what Moscow has called an act of “international terrorism”. .

Denmark, Germany and Sweden have conducted their own investigations into the explosions, but Moscow says it has not been informed of the probe.

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“We asked the Danish authorities… for a request to collaborate or form an international group of experts, specialists,” Putin said in an interview with the state-run Rossiya-1 television channel.

“The answer, as I said, was vague. Simply put, no answer. They said we had to wait.”

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Swedish and other European investigators say the attacks were carried out on purpose, but have not said who they think was responsible. Moscow, without providing evidence, has blamed the explosions on Western sabotage.


Commenting on a report suggesting pro-Ukraine attacks on the pipelines, Putin said this was “absolute nonsense”.

“One should always look for those who are interested. And who is interested? Theoretically, of course, the United States is interested,” Putin said.

“Only experts can carry out an explosion of this type, of this power, at this depth, and supported by the full power of the state, which has certain technologies,” Putin said.

The United States strongly denies any involvement in the Nord Stream explosions. In February, the White House dismissed a blog post by a US investigative journalist claiming that Washington was behind the blasts as “absolutely false and complete fiction”.

Separately, Putin said a ship chartered by Russian energy company Gazprom found an antenna-like object about 30 km (19 miles) from the sites of the explosion.

“Experts believe this could be an antenna to receive a signal to detonate an explosive device,” Putin said.

A letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday showed Denmark was investigating whether an “object” found near the only remaining Nord Stream gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea posed any safety or environmental risks.

It was not clear to which object Denmark was referring.

“Given the location of the object relevant authorities are currently assessing security and environmental considerations,” the Danish foreign ministry wrote in the letter to the Russian foreign ministry through its embassy in Copenhagen.

On Tuesday, the ministry said in an email response Reuters inquiry that the assessment of the relevant authorities concluded that the object “was not a direct threat to safety and that there is no direct threat to maritime traffic or the people of the area.”


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