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CIA warned Germany of Nord Stream attack – Spiegel – RT World News

The CIA has warned Berlin of a possible attack on gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea “weeks ago,” German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday. Germany was seeking answers after Russia’s two Nord Stream pipelines were damaged and a massive gas leak appeared off the Danish island of Bornholm.

A tip from the US spy agency was “received in Berlin during the summer”, the outlet said, citing “several people familiar with the subject.” Officially, however, the federal government declined to comment on intelligence-related matters.

German security services are currently examining satellite images of the area where the explosions occurred, but only see “insignificant” maritime traffic, according to Spiegel. They are also convinced that only a state actor could have done it, suggesting “divers or a mini-submarine” could have planted mines or explosives on the pipeline.

Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 suddenly lost pressure on Monday. Danish authorities reported a gas leak off Bornholm, while Swedish seismologists recorded multiple explosions. The pipeline operator said several gas lines had suffered “unprecedented” damage and it was impossible to estimate when or if service could be restored.

On Monday evening, the German government was convinced that the pipeline was the target of a deliberate attack, according to the daily Tagesspiegel. Berlin considered the possibility that Ukraine or “Forces affiliated with Ukraine” could be behind, but also a “false flag” by Russia to paint a bad image of Ukraine and further drive up energy prices in the EU.

While acknowledging that the “Permanent interruption of gas supplies from Russia” would be in Ukraine’s interest, Der Spiegel said such an attack would have “Immense political disadvantages” for Kyiv. The only motive for Moscow to blow up the pipeline would be to “Blame other parties for the incident”, says the magazine.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for an investigation to obtain “all clarity” about what happened with the pipeline. “Any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response,” she says.

US praised for Nord Stream explosion

Earlier on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said an attack on Nord Stream was “in nobody’s interest” but that he also represented a “significant opportunity” that Europe abandons Russian natural gas in favor of American LNG, and “accelerating the transition to renewable energies” in order to combat climate change.

Meanwhile, Polish MEP Radislaw Sikorski thanked the US for the gas explosion and argued that it means Russia won’t have to negotiate with Ukraine and Poland if it wants to deliver gas. gas to central Europe.

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