Putin Calls For Punishment Of Those Responsible For Downing Commercial Craft

(RoyalPatriot.com )- After investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claimed that the US Navy divers blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines on orders from the White House, the Kremlin seized on his anonymously-sourced report to call for the saboteurs to be punished, Reuters reported.

In a blog post on Substack the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hersh alleged that divers from the US Navy laid explosive devices that destroyed the Nord Stream 2 under the Baltic Sea in September. Citing an unnamed source, Hersh said the bombs were remotely triggered causing three of the four pipelines carrying natural gas from Russia to Europe to explode. Hersh said the Navy conducted the operation under the cover of a NATO maritime exercise, BALTOPS 22.

According to Reuters, the allegations in Hersh’s post could not be corroborated.

In a statement to the New York Post, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Garron Garn denied Hersh’s allegation, saying the US “was not involved in the Nord Stream explosion.” Garn referred the Post to the Pentagon’s October statement asserting that the US was not involved.

According to Reuters, the White House dismissed Hersh’s claim, describing it as “utterly false and complete fiction.”

But during a press briefing on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Hersh’s claim deserves more attention and expressed surprise that the Western media hasn’t been fully covering it. He described Hersh’s article as “remarkable for the depth of analysis.”

Peksov said the world must discover the truth about who was behind “this act of sabotage,” calling it a “dangerous precedent” that could happen elsewhere. He called for “an open international investigation” into the attack,” adding, “it is impossible to leave this without uncovering those responsible and punishing them.”

Since the explosions occurred, Moscow has maintained that the West was behind the blasts. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused “Anglo-Saxon” powers of sabotaging the pipelines which were a project designed to circumvent Ukraine by exporting Russian gas directly to Europe under the Baltic Sea.