The speaker of the Russian parliament demanded an investigation and called President Biden a terrorist after reports surfaced that the US blew up the Nord Stream pipelines in September.
Nord Stream refers to two double offshore natural gas pipelines in Europe running under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany.
On Wednesday, Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reported that US Navy divers planted explosives on the pipeline.
“Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning,” Hersh wrote.
Hersh further alleged the Biden administration had been planning the act for months, starting late 2021, as tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated.
“Over the next several meetings, the participants debated options for an attack,” Hersh continued.
“The Navy proposed using a newly commissioned submarine to assault the pipeline directly. The Air Force discussed dropping bombs with delayed fuses that could be set off remotely. The CIA argued that whatever was done, it would have to be covert. Everyone involved understood the stakes. ‘This is not kiddie stuff,’ the source said. If the attack were traceable to the United States, ‘It’s an act of war.'”
Following Hersh’s report, speaker of the Russian parliament Vyacheslav Volodin condemned Biden and called for a full investigation to “bring Biden and his accomplices to justice,” as reported by Gateway Pundit.
Volodin said full compensation must be paid to all nations affected by the “terrorist attack.”
In September, the Danish and Swedish governments said three gas leaks on the Nord Stream pipelines were “deliberate.”
Earlier last year, in February 2022, President Biden said that if Russia invaded Ukraine, “there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.”
“I promise you we will be able to do it,” he said.
Predictably, media outlets are debating the veracity of Hersh’s reporting. Hersh was unwilling to identify his source in backing up his claims.