Russian President Vladimir Putin has called reports of Ukrainian activists' involvement in the explosions at the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea "total nonsense". Such an action of this depth and on this scale "only specialists" could carry out, Putin said in a television interview on Tuesday. "This also includes the support of a state that has the appropriate technology."
Specifically, Putin did not want to comment on the authorship of the explosions. But you always have to question who might have an interest in it. "And who's interested? In theory, the United States could have an interest in preventing Russian energy sources from entering the European market," said the Kremlin chief.
According to Putin, a Gazprom ship also discovered evidence of the presence of another explosive device on the gas pipeline. This is about 30 kilometers away from one of the explosion sites. Something was detected at the pipe junction that experts believed "could be an antenna to receive a signal to detonate an explosive device."
There were explosions last September on three of the four strands of the two Nord Stream natural gas pipelines lying on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Germany, Sweden and Denmark have started investigations. A few days ago, the media in Germany, the USA and Great Britain published information about the possible course of events. According to this, a group of six with forged passports rented a yacht and unnoticed placed the explosive devices in a water depth of a good 80 meters.
The media had speculated that a pro-Ukrainian group was involved. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed Ukraine's participation as "ridiculous".
US officials initially suspected Russia to be behind the attack. Moscow, in turn, blamed the US and Britain. The investigations have not yet provided any clear results.
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