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Putin on Nord Stream 2: “You just have to turn on the tap”

Leaks in the Baltic Sea Pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2 are still under investigation. Now the Russian president has spoken.

The president of Russia

After leaks in the Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea, Vladimir Putin offered gas supplies through the still operational section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. “All you have to do is turn on the tap,” Putin said Wednesday during an appearance at the Russian Energy Week in Moscow. The tube was probably not so damaged that it could no longer be used, he said.

Severe damage was discovered on two Nord Stream 1 pipes and one Nord Stream 2 pipe in the Baltic Sea after the explosions in late September. According to previous knowledge, at least two explosions had occurred, leading to four casualties. The EU, NATO and security circles, among others, immediately spoke of sabotage as the cause.

Putin spoke of an international terrorist attack on oil pipelines. “There is no doubt that this is an act of international terrorism, a deeply dangerous precedent,” he said. The aim is to finally tear apart relations between the EU and Russia and to weaken Europe. Putin named the United States, among others, as alleged beneficiaries of the sabotage. The Kremlin chief had previously blamed the West for the leaks.

In early September, Russia halted gas deliveries through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, citing technical problems that the sanctions would mean they cannot be resolved. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, completed but not certified and never put into service, is suspended due to Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine. Russia has been pushing for commissioning for months.

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