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Did The US Sabotage Nord Stream?

We are barreling towards the possibility of a nuclear conflict with Russia, and it seems like Washington is being almost as reckless as Moscow.

Plucky little Ukraine is rotten to the core

In a 2021 index of world corruption, where the UK scores 79, Ukraine scores 32, just above Russia on 29. The Guardian has described Ukraine as ‘the most corrupt nation in Europe’. Writing in The American Conservative in April 2022, Ted Galen Carpenter states that ‘at best, Ukraine is a corrupt, quasi‐democratic entity with troubling repressive policies’.

Pipeline sabotage and a national energy emergency

But quite regardless of whoever it is who escalating this ‘war’ on the Nord Stream pipelines to Europe, the sabotage, plus Gazprom’s warning that the last remaining gas supply is at risk of shutdown, has brutally revealed how exposed Britain’s energy system and its entire economic and societal stability is to external threats.

Nord Stream leaks: Sabotage to blame, says EU

Seismologists reported underwater blasts before the leaks emerged. Denmark’s Defence Command has released footage of the leaks which shows bubbles – the largest is 1km (0.6 miles) in diameter – at the surface of the Baltic Sea.

Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Edward Snowden

Snowden, 39, a former US intelligence contractor, has been living in Russia since 2013 to escape prosecution in the US after leaking secret files, published by the Guardian, that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the US National Security Agency.

Putin admits China has ‘concerns’ over Ukraine

The two leaders met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on the sidelines of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a security alliance created as a counterweight to US influence that also includes India and Pakistan.

Russia’s Gazprom indefinitely shuts gas flow to Europe

The state owned energy company cited urgent maintenance was behind its reasoning Friday and did not provide a date when it intends to reopen the Nord Stream 1 Pipeline, which distributes natural gas to Europe through Germany.

Even if Ukraine wins, the West will lose

A defeated Russia will still have a seat on the UN security council. It will continue, along with China and Iran, to oppose the West’s liberal world order. The Europeans will depend on Russian mineral exports for decades to come. They will still need to co-exist with their hostile neighbour.

Gazprom to pay Kremlin £8.6bn after record profits

The company reported a net profit of 2.5tn roubles (£35.8bn) for the first six months of this year. Oil and gas prices soared during that period, pushed higher by concerns over supplies after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.