Russia qualifies Nord Stream pipeline explosions as an act of international terrorism

Russia qualifies Nord Stream pipeline explosions as an act of international terrorism

Image of the Nord Stream pipeline gas leak. Credit: Danish Defence

The Nord Stream pipeline explosions were qualified as an act of international terrorism by Russian diplomat Vasily Nebenzya during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

During a speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council, on Tuesday, February 21, Russia qualified the explosions on the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines as an act of international terrorism.

This was stated by Vasily Nebenzya, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the world organisation. “As many of you remember, even then (in September last year) it was, in principle, clear who could be behind this act of international terrorism. That is how we qualify what happened”, he said.

The Russian diplomat also pointed out the importance of bringing to justice the perpetrators of the Nord Stream explosions in order to prevent the onset of an era of: “chaos and unthinkable damage to all mankind”.

“The chance that it will come is extremely high if those responsible for undermining the Nord Stream are not found and do not suffer the appropriate punishment”, he continued, as reported by

“When the countries that were behind this compensate the affected states for the damage incurred, as is provided for by international law, and the elementary principles of justice, then and only then will we have a chance to avoid this chaos”, he stressed.

On September 27 last year, Nord Stream AG reported ‘unprecedented destruction’ that occurred the day before ‘on three strings of the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipelines’.

Swedish seismologists registered two explosions on September 26 along the pipeline routes. The Russian Federation initiated a case to investigate an act of international terrorism after the damage to the gas pipelines.

Seymour Hersh, an American investigative journalist, published an article on February 8. Citing a source, he stated that explosive devices were planted under the Russian Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines.
He claimed that under the cover of the BALTOPS exercises, they were placed in June 2022 by US Navy divers with the support of Norwegian specialists. According to Hersh, the decision to conduct the operation was made by US President Joe Biden after nine months of discussions with administration officials involved in national security issues.
Adrianne Watson, the head of the press service of the National Security Council of the White House, in response to a request from the Russian news outlet TASS, called the version set out by Hersh “a complete lie and a complete fiction”.


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