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Ukrainians not behind Nord Stream sabotage: Zelenskiy

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukrainians were not involved in the disruption of the Nord Stream gas pipelines.

March 11, 2023
11 March 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has rejected as “ridiculous” new suggestions of Ukrainian involvement in the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline blasts last September.

“Ukrainians definitely did not do this,” Zelenskiy said during a joint press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Kyiv. 

“This is ridiculous.”

The aim of recent publications in the US, UK and German media about the alleged involvement of a pro-Ukrainian group was to slow down foreign aid to Ukraine in the fight against Russia, according to Zelenskiy.

“I find it very dangerous that some independent media, for whom I have always had great respect, are making such moves,” he said. 

This, he added, only plays into the hands of Russia or certain business groups that oppose the imposition of sanctions.

Explosions occurred on September 26 on three of the four strands of the two Nord Stream pipelines that connect Russia and Germany through the Baltic Sea.

Germany, Sweden and Denmark launched investigations into the incidents but the perpetrators have not been identified.

On Monday, media in Germany, the US and the UK published clues to the possible course of events. 

According to the reports, a group of six people with forged passports rented a yacht and planted the explosives unnoticed at a depth of 80 metres.

Russia has claimed that the US and the UK was behind the blasts. 

Russian state gas company Gazprom, which built Nord Stream 1 and 2 to pump 110 billion cubic metres of gas a year to Germany, says it is technically possible to repair the ruptured lines. 

However, this would presume an end to the war in Ukraine and a significant recovery of Russia’s relations with the US and its European allies.

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