President Donald Trump hinted at possible U.S. involvement in destroying the Nord Stream pipelines during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson broadcast this week. Although not explicitly stating who was responsible, Trump emphasized, “It wasn’t Russia.” This claim adds another layer of speculation to the ongoing mystery surrounding the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines.
In September 2022, Swedish authorities discovered multiple leaks in the Baltic Sea, which they attributed to deliberate sabotage. The attack ultimately destroyed the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, opposed by the Trump administration and later approved by Joe Biden.
During the interview, Trump said he would not answer direct questions about the country’s potential involvement in the sabotage. Instead, he highlighted the advancements in military technology, stating, “We have the most incredible equipment, I rebuilt our whole military. We have things that – you can do anything. We are equipped to do anything, but I refuse to say it because I want our country to be pristine.”
Trump also took the opportunity to criticize the Biden administration’s foreign policy. He warned of the possibility of World War III, blaming the current administration’s incompetence for the heightened tensions among major world powers.
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Since the discovery of the pipeline leaks, various theories have circulated regarding the parties responsible for the sabotage. Prominent news outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have suggested a pro-Ukraine group may have been involved, citing unnamed officials. However, all parties, including Moscow, Kyiv and Washington, have denied involvement in the attacks.
In February, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of orchestrating the explosions, pointing to comments made by Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, during a Senate hearing. President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin labeled the pipeline blasts a terror attack.
A State Department spokesman dismissed Lavrov’s claims as “preposterous” and “just another desperate attempt to deflect from Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine with blatant disinformation and lies.” The spokesman further emphasized that the United States had no involvement in the explosions.
European investigations into the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage continue amid these conflicting claims. As the search for answers persists, Trump’s recent comments have only intensified speculation and debate. Yet, as various theories circulate, uncovering the truth behind the Nord Stream pipeline destruction remains crucial to ensure global stability and cooperation.