German Lawmaker Condemns Scholz's Telltale Silence On US Role In Nord Stream Sabotage
Sumaira FH Published February 09, 2023 | 08:13 PM
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's silence on the recent revelation by an American investigative journalist that US navy divers blew up Russia's Nord Stream gas pipeline speaks volumes, Maximilian Krah of the German AfD party told Sputnik
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 09th February, 2023) German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's silence on the recent revelation by an American investigative journalist that US navy divers blew up Russia's Nord Stream gas pipeline speaks volumes, Maximilian Krah of the German AfD party told Sputnik.
Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who blew the whistle on US atrocities in Vietnam War and more recently on prisoner torture at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that American deep-water divers had planted explosives under three of the four Nord Stream pipelines that were detonated remotely last September at the order of President Joe Biden.
NATO allies said in the wake of what Kremlin said was a "terrorist attack" that the scale of the explosions in the Swedish and Danish waters suggested that a state was involved. Sweden, Denmark along with Germany, the main beneficiary of Russian gas, opened separate probes into the blasts.
Maximilian Krah, a member of the European Parliament, said lack of reaction from Scholz to the breakthrough report suggested that he must have been warned in advance about the covert sea operation, which was conducted under the cover of a NATO Baltic Sea exercise last summer.
"It is certain that the German government was informed of the sabotage beforehand by the Americans. This is the only explanation for Scholz's awkward silence. With the addition of a woke and irresponsible warmonger like (Foreign Minister Annalena) Baerbock, who declares that Germany is at war with Russia, nothing surprises me," he said.
Krah argued that the sabotage put an end to what had long been a headache for the Scholz government � the need to justify to Germans why the second leg of the natural gas pipeline had not been pumping cheap gas to his country.
Moreover, the billions spent by Germany in this gas project, which ensured us cheap energy, are lost, but the coalition which governs Germany does not care. Officially, Scholz knows nothing. Apparently, we live in a democracy," he added.
Hersh wrote that cheap Russian gas had been a boon for the German economy, fueling its post-war rise to prosperity while diminishing Europe's dependence on the United States. He cited a source with direct knowledge of the US operational planning as saying that Norway played a key role in helping the US organize the attack and keep the Swedish and Danish navies in the dark.
Both the United States and Norway dismissed the allegations as lies. Russia said it was no surprise that Hersh's report was largely overlooked by Western mainstream media despite Biden and Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland outright warning Russia months before the attack that the pipeline would be dealt with if it launched a military operation in Ukraine.
Krah said it had been obvious to everyone in the German opposition that the sabotage of the crucial energy infrastructure was NATO's doing. All attempts to point the finger at Russia were ridiculous and did not hold water. Hersh wrote that the White House tried to accuse Russia of self-sabotage in a string of calculated leaks but never suggested a clear motive, beyond retribution.
"The State Department and the White House categorically deny it, but I was in Washington two months ago and all my American political interlocutors, Democrats and Republicans alike, had no doubts: it was the United States that organized or sponsored the action by the British, and it was Biden who personally gave the green light," Krah said.