A “pro-Ukrainian group” is said to have been behind the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 natural gas pipelines last year. Information from the American intelligence services would indicate this, the newspaper The New York Times writes on Tuesday.
At the end of September, four leaks were discovered in Nord Stream 1 and 2, through which Russian gas can be supplied to Germany via the Baltic Sea. Explosions damaged the pipelines. The leaks happened in international waters but in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden.
Speculation has raged for months over who is responsible for the sabotage, which happened against the background of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Western economic sanctions against Moscow. Allegations have already been made against Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the United Kingdom.
According to US officials, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the perpetrators. The latest intelligence analysis would have shown that they were opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin and had Ukrainian or Russian nationality. No Americans or British would be involved, it says. Specific individuals or groups are not mentioned by name.
The Americans found no evidence that the Kremlin was behind the sabotage. The intelligence services also say they have no evidence that Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky or any of his close associates were involved in the sabotage or that the perpetrators were working on behalf of any Ukrainian official. However, they do not take a firm position: they do not exclude that the Ukrainian government or its security services carried out an operation “off the books”.