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A "deliberate act of sabotage" caused damage to the Nord Stream pipeline, claims Biden

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Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin's threats and words would not intimidate the United States and its allies, calling the damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines an intentional "act of sabotage."

Biden said at the White House on Friday: "The Russians are pumping out disinformation and lies as a result of the deliberate act of sabotage." By claiming the West is responsible for blowing up pipelines carrying Russian natural gas to Germany, Biden rebuffs Putin's claim.

“We’re going to work with our allies to get to the bottom of exactly what—precisely what happened. And at my direction, I’ve already begun to help our allies enhance the protection of this critical infrastructure,” the president added. “And at the appropriate moment when things calm down, we’re going to be sending divers down to find out exactly what happened.”

Moscow claims that Washington has a motive for blowing up pipelines to sell more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe, which Biden has accused of spreading "disinformation and lies.".

Despite his refusal to blame Washington for this week's explosions, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council Friday that the United States would "undoubtedly" gain from the destruction of the pipelines.

1st October 2022


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