Video of President Joe Biden saying that he would “end” the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has resurfaced after Nord Stream 1 and 2 were damaged in what’s been described as an act of sabotage.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested on Monday that Biden could be responsible for the damage to the Russian-owned pipelines, neither of which were operational when they experienced major leaks into the Baltic Sea.
“Now that Nord Stream has been damaged, Germany will probably have to buy more natural gas from the US at 5x the price,” wrote commentator James Melville.
Author Michael Shellenberger shared the video and simply added: “Could be relevant.”
Speaking to reporters on February 7, Biden said: “If Russia invades, that means tanks or troops crossing the border of Ukraine again, there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2.”
“We will bring an end to it,” the president said. A journalist asked Biden how he could do that since Germany was in control of the project, the president replied: “I promise you: We will be able to do it.”
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project was brought to an end on February 22 when the German government agreed to halt it. Germany has refused to provide the necessary certification for Nord Stream 2 and the pipeline has never been made operational.
The German government’s decision was prompted by Russia recognizing two breakaway regions of Ukraine as independent—the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic—on February 21.
On February 24, Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in what Russian President Vladimir Putin described as a “special military operation.”
Nord Stream 2 had been completed and filled with 300 million cubic meters of gas before Germany canceled the project in February. Some gas was still contained in the pipeline despite its never being operational.
Nord Stream 1 was also not operational at the time of the leak due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Gas supply through the pipeline was halted in August. European Union (EU) member states have imposed harsh sanctions on Russia in co-ordination with the U.S.
On Tuesday, Denmark and Sweden said the leaks in the two Nord Stream pipelines were caused by deliberate acts of sabotage that had taken place in the country’s respective exclusive economic zones.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned of a strong response from the bloc.
“Any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and will be met with a robust and united response,” Borrell said.
Newsweek has asked the White House for comment.
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