Russia has accused the West of being behind the “terror attacks” on the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the Baltic.
Russia blames US for burst pipeline
The Kremlin and Russian state media are aggressively pushing a baseless conspiracy theory blaming the United States for damage to natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea in what analysts said was another effort to split the US and its European allies.
The Russian position was also reverberating on social media forums popular with American conservatives and far-right groups on Friday.
NATO leaders believe the damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines between Russia and Germany is the result of sabotage. NATO has refrained from identifying a suspect pending an investigation into the damage.
Russia began blaming the US quickly after the damage was reported on Monday night. On Friday, speaking at a ceremony to annex four Ukrainian regions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said “Anglo-Saxons” in the West were behind the “terror attacks” but did not specify any nations.