U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken responded to the reported explosions astatine the Nord Stream pipelines by saying that it is simply a “tremendous opportunity” for European nations to “remove dependence” connected Russian earthy gas.
“I deliberation archetypal it’s important to marque wide that these pipelines—that is, Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2—were not pumping state into Europe astatine this time,” Blinken said successful remarks implicit the play successful Washington. “Nord Stream 2 ne'er became operational, arsenic is good known. Nord Stream 1 has been unopen down for weeks due to the fact that of Russia’s weaponization of energy.”
Alleged undersea blasts that damaged the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines past week person led to immense methane leaks. Nordic investigators said the blasts progressive respective 100 pounds of explosives.
Russian President Vladimir Putin connected Friday accused the West of sabotaging the Russia-built pipelines, a complaint vehemently denied by the United States and its allies. Some European countries claimed that it was Moscow that carried retired the onslaught connected the lines, which Russia has denied.
Blinken added that the harm to the pipelines that connected Russia to Germany “is also a tremendous opportunity” that Europe “once and for all” tin region its “dependence connected Russian vigor and frankincense to instrumentality distant from [Russia] the weaponization of energy.”
The United States, helium said, is present the “leading supplier of LNG (liquefied earthy gas) to Europe,” portion adding that the Biden medication is helping to alteration European countries to “decrease demand” for state and “speed up the modulation to renewables.”
European nations, which person been reeling nether soaring vigor prices triggered by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, person stated that it is Russia, not Europe, that benefits from chaos successful the vigor markets and spiking prices for energy.
The United States, meanwhile, has agelong been opposed to the 2 pipelines and had repeatedly urged Germany to halt them, saying they accrued Europe’s vigor dependence connected Russia and decreased its security.
Since the West, led by the United States, imposed dense sanctions connected Russia implicit its penetration of Ukraine successful February, Russia has chopped backmost supplies of earthy state sent to Europe to vigor homes, make electricity, and tally factories. European leaders person accused Mosow of utilizing “energy blackmail” to disagreement them successful their beardown enactment for Ukraine.
The Nord Stream AG told Danish Energy Agency that a unchangeable unit has been achieved connected the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
“The Nord Stream AG institution has informed the Danish Energy Agency that a unchangeable unit present appears to person been achieved connected the 2 Nord Stream 1 pipelines. This indicates that the blowout of state from the past 2 leaks has present besides been completed,” the Danish Energy Agency wrote connected Twitter Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.