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Blinken Says Nord Stream Sabotage Is a ‘Tremendous Opportunity’

The secretary of state says it's an opportunity to remove Europe's dependency on Russian energy.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken holds a joint press availability with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly at the the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on September 30, 2022. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain]

By Dave DeCamp / Antiwar.com

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the attacks on the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines that connect Russia to Germany offer a “tremendous opportunity” to end Europe’s dependency on Russian energy.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus to take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs,” Blinken said at a joint press conference with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.

“That’s very significant and that offers tremendous strategic opportunity for the years to come,” Blinken added.

Blinken made the comments when asked what the US and Canada are doing to ease Europe’s energy crisis in the wake of the Nord Stream sabotage. Blinken said that Washington had been working for some time to provide Europe with more energy, and as a result, the US is now Europe’s biggest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“And we’re now the leading supplier of LNG to Europe to help compensate for any gas or oil that it’s losing as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” Blinken said.

Over the years, the US worked hard to oppose Nord Stream 2 by imposing sanctions but failed to stop its construction. The project was paused by Berlin after Russia invaded Ukraine.

There was always a chance Nord Stream 2 could be brought online if relations between Europe and Russia thawed, but now the damage could be irreparable. Russia recently stopped delivering gas through Nord Stream 1 as a result of Western sanctions.

At this point, it’s not clear who was behind the attacks on Nord Stream, but the US certainly has a motive. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the “Anglo-Saxons” for the incident, appearing to point the finger at the US and its allies.

“Sanctions are not enough for Anglo-Saxons. They have turned to sabotage, it’s unbelievable, but true, having organized explosions on the international gas pipelines of the Nord Stream,” the Russian leader said during a ceremony for the annexation of four Ukrainian territories.

The US has rejected the claim that it was behind the attack, and Western media is hinting that Russia was responsible even though the pipelines are mainly owned by Gazprom, Russia’s state gas company.

The Associated Press called the claim that the US was involved a “baseless conspiracy theory” that was being pushed by the Kremlin and Russian state media. But one of the most significant allegations came from Radek Sikorski, a former Polish Foreign Minister and current Member of European Parliament. Sikorski thanked the US for the incident on Twitter in a since-deleted tweet, which was not mentioned in the AP story.

The AP also left out the context that the US had been trying to stop Nord Stream 2 from being constructed through sanctions and pressure on the German government.

While neither Nord Stream 1 nor Nord Stream 2 were delivering gas to Europe at the time of the sabotage, both pipelines were holding gas under pressure. The leaks that were caused by explosions resulted in what could amount to the largest-ever single release of methane gas. The leaks were discovered last Tuesday, and Danish authorities said the Nord Stream 2 finally stopped leaking on Saturday while the Nord Stream 1 stopped on Sunday.

Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp is the news editor of Antiwar.com, follow him on Twitter @decampdave.

28 comments

    1. If I had an injection molder, his languid stupid face could be available for Halloween.

  1. These people are freaking psychopaths.

    The only thing preventing all of us from dying in a conflagration of nuclear hellfire is the sanity and rationality of Russia and China. Think about that…if your not brainwashed.

    It beggars belief that Germany and the EU have decided to simply ignore the fact the US just slit their economic throats. From now on they are nothing but slaves on the leash, so desperate for US energy that they will now be subject to every evil whim and demand from the very people who destroyed them. You just can’t make stuff like this up.

    We stand at the brink of the abyss with madmen and psychopaths at the controls.

    1. This winter will be really interesting. How will Europeans survive?? Will they still have jobs when corporations go bankrupt? Can they afford food or medicine , because € crashed from 1.30 to below 1 $ and headed to about 0.7 US $. Will banks still be solvent, interest rates at 10%, and a real estate crisis? These types of troubles usually lead to a continental war.

  2. Eery US embassy and diplomatic building in Europe should be ablaze within days, or will the Europeans just drop the soap?

    1. Baba:
      Roussians done it!
      The blazing I mean, not the pipe sabotage.
      It was their pipe.
      Antony helped “make this opportunity.” (for Big Petroleum)

  3. “I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research”. Einstein

    ‘These and other ‘jigsaw’ nuclear narratives similar to those in 2017 are piecing together to paint a seed-planted picture of what’s about to unfold, which in turn will allow the US & UK their pretext ‘justification’ for a proportionate nuclear response, simply by psychologically softening-up their populations in advance, in order to gain the necessary drip-fed popular support required to pursue the ‘National Security’ emergencies they both so desperately need to declare in order to land US troops on UK soil – aka Orwell’s ‘Airstrip One’ – principally in oil-rich Scotland. Regardless of pretext, militarisation of the US, UK and beyond is *inevitable*’.

    ‘Ukraine to Faslane: Glasgow – The Gaslight Ground Zero for Global Britain & Five Eyes Fascism’ (2022) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-3j1

    Johnny McNeill
    #GaslightingGilligan (© 2017) 
    Twitter: @GasGilligan (*free download*)

  4. Sec. Blinkin’s statement that the sabotage of the Nord-stream pipelines is a great opportunity to hurt Russia, demonstrates just how perfidious and perilous is U.S. policy about achieving world peace.

  5. Blinken..Anthony Blinken..what a POS bullshit artist…a mediocrity…

  6. Can’t wait for a US oil (or liquid gas) tanker to blow up in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The US has already started WWIII. Thanks, Blinken (and Nod).

  7. A “tremendous opportunity” to destroy a vital part of Russia’s infrastructure in international waters to ensure our best ally in Europe is completely unable to remain in business. No chance of peace, or recovery of Europe from its own disastrous suicidal “sanctions on Russia” and Germany seems not even to notice!!! Aren’t we wonderful?? Am I not the best Secretary of State the USA has ever possessed?

    “And we’re now the leading supplier of LNG to Europe to help compensate for any gas or oil that it’s losing as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” Blinken said.

  8. We’re not only talking about World Peace here – we are also talking about the massive release of methane into our already burning atmosphere which in case you have forgotten is contributing to climate change…

  9. More ecocide from the US –
    It’s interesting – the piece said “the leaks stopped” – not that the holes were plugged – the leaks stopped because there was no more gas in the pipes – not because there was any attempt by anybody to repair them ….

    Blinken – ” ….to help compensate for any gas or oil that it’s losing as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,”
    No, Europe is losing its oil and gas as a result of the sanctions it placed on Russia – the war itself was not a cause of disruption of supply –
    The fact that Biden chose Blinken as Sec State – and retained coup- in-Ukraine Nuland as his right hand “man” – says more about Biden’s foreign policy than anything that comes out of his mouth …

    If the only 2 choices we will consider for Pres in ’24 are a D or an R, Lord help us all …

      1. Or vote for other parties such as the Greens or Peace Freedom Parties if they are on the ballot of your state. That is what I am doing. No more strategic voting for the least bad alternative for me. Dems and Repugs are the two sides of a very corrupt, evil, corroded coin.

  10. US State Departments are not put in place to conduct diplomacy as the are, say, in Russia. (Did you hear Sergei Lavrov’s address to the UN recently?) They are there to spread the lies, propaganda, desired narrative to establish false flags to be acted upon in the near future. Happens before every illegal war that’s the US’s bread and butter (and we are asked pleadingly to ‘support our troops’). US State Dept. personnel are selected because they are stupid and can’t think beyond the blather they relate. Honestly, have you ever known an intelligent Sec. of State? I haven’t, not in my lifetime. Sometimes they are worse than dumb, they’re venal as well.

  11. Yeah, he admits that it was the U.S. who sabotaged the pipeline, as anyone with a functioning brain knew the minute it happened.

  12. It was obvious the U.S. sabotaged the pipelines when it was first announced. Biden PROMISED in a press conference 7 months ago that we’d do so if Russia invaded. Bkinken’s bragging just confirms it. YET… I guarantee you a majority of Americans still will believe Russia did it. We should rename this country DunningKrugerLand.

  13. Joe Biden said we would do this. We can blow things up and throw nations into chaos just because we want to. It is the kind of empire we are.

  14. There isn’t any pretense of helping Americans who will suffer from higher commodity energy prices. This is a ghoulish declaration of government predation of the masses for the energy sector.

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