MOSCOW, 29 September (BelTA) - The EU is unable even to entertain the idea that the U.S. could be behind the attack on Nord Streams, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova told a briefing for the press in Moscow on 29 September, BelTA has learned.
Maria Zakharova noted that the details of what happened on the gas pipelines are yet to be clarified. "Experts are unable to predict how long it will take to restore the infrastructure, but immediately the Western mass media, as if on cue, began churning out so-called opinions with leaks, citing unnamed sources, some European officials," she said. “From their point of view it is Russia that is interested in damaging the pipelines, and she did so because she does not want to supply gas. One gets the impression that Europe is unable, at the existential level, to even entertain the idea that this incident, this provocation, this sabotage is the work of those they call allies. For them this idea is so apparently heinous, at ‘a point of no return' that they cannot afford any other reasoning than the cliched Russian factor. Otherwise the entire concept, the entire ideology will collapse instantly, and the terrible truth will come out. Indeed, truth can be terrible, but at some point they will have to start telling it. Someday Brussels will have to explain to its citizens what they have done to their continent.”
Maria Zakharova said that the disabling of Nord Streams is beneficial to the United States as it is a good opportunity for Washington to increase LNG supplies. "There is an absolute beneficiary of this situation and it is Washington. If we briefly summarize what U.S. officials have said over the past few years then we see that the destruction of the gas pipelines will allow the USA to increase LNG supplies to the EU," she stressed.
Maria Zakharova recalled numerous statements made earlier by U.S. politicians at various levels, including the U.S. president, that the United States is not happy about the energy cooperation between the EU and Russia and that they will make every effort to bring an end to Nord Streams. "In any case, the United States of America has some explaining to do and some confessions to make," the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized.