“Thank you USA,” said Poland’s former defense and foreign minister Sikorski
While the US, Russia and most European governments reserved judgment as to who might be behind Monday’s explosion that damaged both Nord Stream pipelines and cut off Germany from Russian gas, former Polish minister and member of the European Parliament Radoslaw Sikorski had no such qualms.
“Thank you USA,” Sikorski tweetedOn Tuesday, a photograph of the huge gas leakage in the Baltic Sea was also posted. Each pipeline was severely damaged just off Bornholm Island, Denmark. This is what many believe to be a deliberate act.
Sikorski later tweetedIn Polish, this means Russia must repair the Nord Stream. “talk to the countries controlling the Brotherhood and Yamal gas pipelines, Ukraine and Poland”If it wants to keep delivering gas to Europe. “Good work,”He was satisfied.
Nord Stream 1 & Nord Stream 2 experienced a loss of pressure on Monday. This was due to what both the Swedish and Danish authorities called a series d’undersea explosions. After Russian technical problems, the first pipe was reduced in capacity, and the second pipeline, which was still fully pressured but was not functional, was shut down by Germany.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wondered if Sikorsky’s tweet amounted to an “official statement that this was a terrorist attack.” Meanwhile, Moscow’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, thanked Sikorski for “making it crystal clear who stands behind this terrorist-style targeting of civilian infrastructure!”
— Dmitry Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un) September 27, 2022
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki didn’t go quite as far as Sikorski, but chose to describe the Nord Stream incident as “an act of sabotage, related to the next step of escalation of the situation in Ukraine.”
Not just any MEP, Sikorski is a former UK citizen and a fellow at numerous US and NATO think-tanks, as well as Poland’s former defense (2005-2007) and foreign minister (2007-2014). He was caught making a false claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to divide Ukraine with Warsaw in October 2014.
Sikorski described Russia as a “serial rapist” in January 2022 and in June told Ukraine’s Espreso TV that NATO had the right to give Kiev nuclear weapons. Anne Applebaum (an American pundit) is his spouse. She is also a fierce opponent to Russia.
Sikorski thanked US officials for the Nord Stream sabotage. Kiev, however, blamed Russia. President Vladimir Zelensky’s adviser Mikhail Podoliak calledIt is “a terrorist attack planned by Russia and an act of aggression towards EU,”The best solution would be to send German tanks to support the Ukrainian army.