UPDATE (Oct. 11) – Gazprom already found NATO explosive device on Nord Stream in 2015 (Images)
German authorites claim the estimated use of 500 kilograms of TNT on the Nord Stream piplelines means it must have been a state actor.
The damaged, leaking pipelines supplying Europe with natural gas are now ruined with corrosive sea water after two underwater blasts on Sept. 26.
Natural gas prices in Europe rose almost 30% after the explosions. Interesting timing that a new Norway-Poland pipeline opened on Sept. 27.
Hungary is the only EU member state still receiving Russian gas.
Everyone is denying responsibility so far, but we do know who boasted about destroying the pipelines.
Victoria Nuland, who helped start this whole Ukraine mess, said in January, “If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.”
Joe Biden followed up in February, “If Russia invades…then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.”
Last week, Stephan Weil, the Prime Minister of the German federal state of Lower Saxony, said, “There will be no energy partnership with Russia in the future,” even after Putin is gone.
Vladimir Putin could have considered Nord Stream expendable, after India and China have been importing record volumes of sweet Russian crude.
Israel could be one beneficiary with its EastMed natural gas pipeline planned to supply Europe, from recently discovered oil fields in the Mediterranean. (see map below)