Nord Stream sabotage: US likely to blame, US economist says

Professor at Columbia University and renowned economist, Jeffrey Sachs, interviewed on Bloomberg TV on October 3, caused unease among journalists by claiming that the United States was probably responsible for the sabotage of Nord Stream.

“I would bet it is an action of the United States, maybe the United States and Poland”said the economist about the sabotage of the gas pipelines, before being interrupted by one of the interviewers, who asked him for the evidence on which he relied to support his statements.

See also: Nord Stream sabotages: For Fox News reporter Tucker Carlson, the United States may be guilty

Concordant elements

“First, there is radar evidence that US military helicopters, normally based in Gdansk [Pologne]flew over the area”underlined Jeffrey Sachs.

He then referred to the threat made by US President Joe Biden earlier this year “to end, one way or another, Nord Stream” in the event of Russian intervention in Ukraine, then the remarks of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made during a press conference on September 30. The latter, while describing Russia’s accusations of US involvement in the sabotage of the facilities as “misinformation”, had then declared that the stoppage of the gas pipelines represented a “tremendous opportunity” to reduce the European Union’s energy dependence on Russia.

“That’s a strange way of speaking if you’re worried about hacking critical infrastructure”noted Jeffrey Sachs.

“You are not allowed to say these things in the West”

“I know it goes against our narrative, you are not allowed to say these things in the West”, he continued. And, according to him, many people around the world “think the United States did it”including journalists who would have indicated to him in private to subscribe to this thesis. “But it does not appear in our media”he noted.

Visibly uneasy, one of the reporters then veered off topic, arguing Bloomberg could not provide any “counterweight” directly to these assertions.

Read also: Nord Stream: a new cold war between Moscow and Washington?

Asked more generally about the international situation, Jeffrey Sachs expressed his strong concerns about the escalation of tensions between great powers. Regarding the growing diplomatic tensions between Washington and Beijing, he considered that the United States was at the origin of many provocations. Alarmed by various statements about the use of nuclear weapons, he considered the situation comparable to the serious missile crisis in Cuba in 1962.

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