Russia has requested a UN Security Council meeting to be held following the report from investigative journalist Seymour Hersh that alleged the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines were bombed at the order of President Biden.
“In light of new information regarding the bombing of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, we have requested a UN Security Council meeting be held on February 22, at 3:00 pm New York time,” Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s first deputy representative to the UN, wrote on Telegram on Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that foreign media outlets should look into the details of Hersh’s report. “I urge you perhaps to carry out such probes because no one is banning you from conducting a journalistic investigation,” Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
Hersh’s report said that US Navy divers planted explosives on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines during NATO drills in the Baltic Sea in June 2022. Hersh said Norway cooperated with the US on the operation and that a Norwegian spy plane detonated the explosives months after they were planted on September 26, 2022.
One of the most explosive allegations in the report is the fact that the Biden administration began planning how to destroy the pipeline before Russia invaded Ukraine. For years, the US tried to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with sanctions as it would have doubled the amount of gas flowing from Russia to Germany. The report said Washington was worried that Germany’s reliance on Russian gas could have made Berlin reluctant to supply Ukraine with money and weapons.
On Wednesday, Hersh published a short article on Substack about the response to his report and hinted more could be coming. “There may be more to learn about Joe Biden’s decision to prevent the German government from having second thoughts about the lack of cheap gas this winter,” Hersh said. “Stay tuned. We are only on first base.”
Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist best known for exposing the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, criticized US media outlets for ignoring his bombshell report. He said neither The New York Times nor The Washington Post has “run a word at this point about the pipeline story, not even to quote the White House’s denial of my reporting.”
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The new, very short, Hersh post:
Well, it’s apparently a longer post if you pay to subscribe to his Substack. The visible part to non-payers is just the opening bit.
Typically, on Substack, you can read at least some full articles without being a paying subscriber. Checking . . .
I signed out and then went back with no cookies or cache, so Substack didn’t know that I’m a subscriber. As expected, it offers seven days of full posts, if you’re willing to open a free account.
Ah, what a tangled web we weave when we seek to deceive,,, I wonder if Biden & Blinken & Nolan ever imagined getting an UN investigation of their little prank. And it puts egg on their faces for UN complicity in their 2914 coup. Oh YES, the plot thickens & becomes hard to manage.
I wonder if Biden, Blinken & Nulan ever imagined they could get a UN probe into their “Prank” and their effort to suffocate it could make it grow far & wide… become a worldwide curiosity… Only time swill tell!
Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you and fight you, then you win”.
With Seymour Hersh it was other way around. His first investigation about the massacre of civilians in Vietnam by American militaries brought him recognition and they gave him Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
When he exposed the US military’s torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, they fought him.
This his investigation of American involvement in the sabotage of Nord Stream pipeline is silenced. So far only Russia took it seriously.
Yes. However, in the past couple of days, the story has started to be picked up by German media. The way it is handled and plays out there is most important in the near term.
We shall see.
Yes, his investigation was translated into German but the corporate media is still ignoring it. China supported Russian idea to force Guterres to start an UN investigation of this case. BRICS and many other countries probably would agree with Russia that this outrageous terrorist act must be investigated properly by UNSC commission.
Guterres is quite useless as he has been imho bought and paid for by the US with his appointment as Secretary General of the UN. The UN has become a tool the US uses ad lib and got in Guterres a pliant figurehead with no cajones.
Yes, Guterres is working for American oligarchy the same as many other officials. Still when Russia and China insist together in UNSC upon the investigation, it would be not so easy for him to shirk his duties. By sabotaging the investigation, he would expose himself before all the world as a corrupt person.
Those thick goggles of “liberty, democracy, and freedom” sure make it extremely difficult to see what’s right smack in front of your f&cking eyes. Especially if you were German. (Sarcasm alert)
Yeah . . . but I’m hearing from European friends, including a couple in Germany, that, as the details spread, there are plenty of people who see it as confirmation of what they already strongly suspected. And many of them are very unhappy with the US, their NATO-neighbor participants in the sabotage, and the Scholz government.
It makes sense. You don’t have to be all that bright to understand what this demonstrates about supposed allies.
Thanks for that. Perhaps I should try to remove my heavy goggles of cynicism myself? I’m not sure which makes me uglier, the goggles or my age.
Don’t lose too much cynicism. It’s a key element of skilled analysis. Unfortunately.
I ran the Berliner Zeitung interview with Hersh through Google Translate. Much of it is reiteration of points from the original Substack post that we already know. But there are also interesting tidbits and hints, including this one:
Hersh is letting us know that people on the inside, people who were part of the operation, were and are very much at odds with the scheme itself and aghast at the disregard for norms and the law. His main source will be one such insider, presumably, but not the only one and others may also be, or become sources. He closed yesterday’s brief Substack post, “The Crap on the Wall,” with this:
Edit: Remember that Hersh’s comments here were made in English, translated to German and published, and then machine-translated back to English. There will be lost or altered nuances. But they appear fully consistent with what Hersh has been saying elsewhere.
Thanks. These types of blockbusters always percolate slowly down to the populace with the commercial media fearing for its advertising revenues. Lavrov has grasped the strategic initiative by getting it aired in the Security Council. That will force everyone to publish, and hopefully push the debate to a broader level, … the fragging of NATO, impeachment of Biden, prosecution of the War Party, and dissolution of the Empire??
We can hope.
It would be well deserved. As I came to understand years ago, morality extends beyond borders, and regardless of where you were born, you owe no special allegiance to a gov’ment that is committing immoral actions.
Christian morality is replaced already by something quite opposite in The West. I wouldn’t be surprised if they nominate Biden and Zelensky for Nobel Peace Prize next year.
Amen, Bill. Amen!
The U.S. is friend only to those who it finds willing to submit to the interests of the U.S.(with the exception of Israel) first and foremost. As it’s said, “to be a friend of the U.S. is fatal.
The Truth will win. Fight against the war machine and it’s propaganda media!
Republicans: Can they do that? This is exactly why we need to abolish the UN.
Democrats: No, keep the violin ready. We just need more convincing false flag operations. (Sarcasm alert)
It should be interesting to see if the UN has the wherewithal to seriously challenge the United States. I’m not optimistic.
Of course not.
Nor am I. Should the UN call the U.S. on the allegations, it would be earth shattering. The UN forum is located in New York, New York, for heaven sake.
Seymour Hersh is trying to relive his successful early days. As he has got older his reports have become fiction and are based nothing more that “unnamed sources” or “secret documents” passed to him. He is lucky that he lives in the US. Had he written the same article as a Russian he would have been arrested and sent to prison.
UN security council requests a meeting with Russia over the invasion and destruction of Ukraine.
Same result as the other way — any of the permanent members can simply veto any proposals they don’t like.
It is not about the veto, it is about the instigation of the military conflict.
It can be “about” anything. The simple fact is that the US, UK, French, Russian, and Chinese regimes can veto any action or resolution they dislike, so precisely nothing will come of it.
Perhaps by vetoing, US will look even more guilty in the eyes of the international body. Then again, U.S. hasn’t given a damn about what anyone thinks about them in years.
johnnyo’s comment was about the sabotage of Minsk Agreements by France, Germany and Ukraine. “Just imagine, Don, if Germany, France and Ukraine had done what they promised to do” – it is about Minsk Agreements which were signed by the leaders of those three nations.
There were four signatories to the Minsk Agreements. France and Germany weren’t among them. They were Ukraine, Russia, the separatists, and the OSCE.
You are confusing Minsk Agreement 1 which was signed in 2014 with Minsk Agreement 2 signed in 2015 by leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia and two Donbass republics. Unlike Minsk 1, Minsk 2 was approved by UNSC and had a status of the international law. Both Merkel and Hollande not so long time ago announced that they signed Minsk 2 with the purpose of cheating Putin and using those years for preparing Ukrainian army for the war.
The signatories to Minsk II were Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky on behalf of the separatists, Heidi Tagliavini (of Switzerland) on behalf of OSCE, Leonid Kuchma on behalf of the Ukrainian regime, and Mikhail Zurabov on behalf of the Russian regime. Neither Merkel nor Hollande we signatories, nor were their regimes party to the agreement other than secondarily as OSCE member regimes.
Minsk Agreement 2 was a Franko-German plan to revive the Minsk Agreement 1. In the beginning of February 2015 Merkel and Hollande visited Moscow to talk about that plan with Putin. On February 11 Merkel, Hollande, Putin and Poroshenko met in Minsk and agreed about all details. The representative of OBSE Tagliavini joined them later when everything was already agreed.
Merkel, Hollande, and their regimes weren’t signatories to either Minsk I or Minsk II.
That’s a fact.
You don’t have to like the fact that it’s a fact. It’s a fact whether you like the fact that it’s a fact or not.
Minsk agreement 2 was agreed between Merkel, Hollande, Putin and Poroshenko. That is a plain fact. Merkel and Hollande initiated that agreement.
You had more than enough time to look it up and realize you were completely incorrect.
Which means you’re just lying.
Which seems weird for something not especially important.
You are lying because it is too difficult for you to recognize the plain fact that the war in Ukraine was prepared and initiated by NATO. Both Merkel and Hollande admitted publicly that they cheated Putin about Minsk Agreements.
Feel free to produce a picture of the Minsk 2 document signatures, or a news story reporting that Merkel or Hollande were signatory to it.
You can’t, because they weren’t.
You can find it yourself. It was, for example, in Kiev regime’s European Pravda 12.02.2015 : “President of Ukraine Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a declaration in support of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements adopted on February 12.”
It is not so difficult to find. Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko met on 11 Feb 2015 in Minsk and worked all the night to reach this agreement.
“a declaration in support of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of” a thing is not the same thing as the thing.
Last time I was at the store, I paid sales tax. That doesn’t mean I’m among those who signed the sales tax measure into law.
Are you pretending you don’t understand or you are really brainwashed to such a point? The title of UNSC resolution is exactly such: “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”. France, UK and US voted for it in UNSC after Hollande and Merkel agreed with Putin about all the details and signed a declaration in support of it. Is it so difficult to understand?
No, it’s not difficult to understand that the Minsk Agreements (1 & 2) are not the same things as things other than the Minsk Agreements.
This story boils down to a plain fact: the leaders of NATO initiated Minsk II for the purpose to deceive Putin and gain the time for a better preparation of Ukrainian army for the war against Donbass and Russia.
What is remarkable, both Hollande and Merkel publicly boasted about this clever organized cheating. Yes, they cheated Putin, but also they cheated their own people.
Putin believed them because he couldn’t suppose that the leaders of France and Germany can act so blatantly against the interests of their own nations.
This bloody escalation is the result of Minsk II affair.
Ah, that corrects me — I was just unaware that the initiating parties to Minsk 2 (Ukraine, Russia, and the Donbas republics) were NATO member states.
You are always distorting the facts.
Minsk II was initiated by Holland and Merkel. Of course they did it after the consultations with US.
Minsk II was initiated by the Russian, Ukrainian, and separatist regimes.
They proposed it.
They negotiated it.
They signed it.
They were bound by it.
Merkel and Hollande liked it.
Google: “French president Francois Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel put forth a new peace plan on 7 February”.
The Guardian 6 Feb 2015: Merkel and Hollande to present Ukraine peace plan to Putin. “Hollande and Merkel were expected to hold talks with Putin at 5pm Moscow time (2pm GMT), though there was significant uncertainty over what ideas they were bringing to the table. They undertook the hasty and unusual mission after Putin put forward his own plan and they responded with counter-proposals”. “Franco-German plan, drawn up after talks with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Russian president Vladimir Putin, was seen as a revival of the Minsk Protocol.”.
7 Feb 2015
Ukraine crisis: ‘Last chance’ for peace says Hollande
“A peace plan drawn up by France and Germany is “one of the last chances” to end the conflict in east Ukraine, French leader Francois Hollande says.”.
5 Feb 2015
Ukraine crisis: Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel make desperate attempt to convince the two sides to accept a political solution
“The leaders of Germany and France will try to convince Russia’s President Putin to accept a new peace plan for Ukraine today, in a desperate search for a political solution to a war spiralling out of control on the European Union’s doorstep.”.
Watch in YouTube “News conference following the Normandy format summit” 10Dec 2019 . May be it helps you to understand the role of Hollande and Merkel in this conflict.
UN security council requests a meeting with Germany, France and Ukraine over their refusal to implement the Minsk Agreements. Just imagine, Don, if Germany, France and Ukraine had done what they promised to do. If that had happened then the Donbas would still be part of Ukraine, several hundred thousand Ukrainians would still be alive and millions of Ukrainians would not have fled their homes.
You are right, the blood of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian people is on the hands of Merkel and Hollande. They did everything to sabotage the Minsk Agreements.
Maybe he knows whether the Germans were in on it and gave Biden the green light? It smells like that is what happened. Several NATO members were involved, even neutral de facto NATO member Sweden was involved. WHY else did they not show the results of their investigation unless they only did what is suspected they did, they only cleaned up the evidence of the crime.
Based on nothing but lies they invaded and destroyed Iraq, why not blow up an ally’s pipeline?
Germany is a vassal of US, not ally. Maybe less than a half of Germans are loyal to US and sure the majority would like to have much cheaper gas from Russia rather than expensive American. The point is, the pro-American are always on the top. Most likely, Scholz knew from the beginning about this terror act and betrayed his nation.
Seymour knows more, so maybe we will hear about it. The German public is as manipulated as we are. The Media is controlled any word critical of the US is considered anti-Americanism, a big no no. With government people with backbone character and real integrity this could not have happened. It is as if the NATO elite and the USA elite all jumped in bed together, the elite makes the war for profit and the people must pay the bill in blood and suffering. When I was young I was idealistic too, it took many years to sober up. I was not educated to believe that all wars are for more wealth in every form, we always went to war for the ideals of freedom and democracy, I now know better. MONEY makes the world go round, poets and writers can put it in words, it is true. And yes, they kill millions for more money.
Foreign policy of US, the same as one of UK, is determined by the corporate interests of the financial elite. The ordinary people gain nothing from those wars. Who and how benefitted from 2 trillions American taxpayers dollars spent on the war in Afghanistan? US, as a country, also gained nothing. Only the military industrial complex. All their profits were made at the expense of American taxpayers. Essentially, it is a huge corruption scheme.
You are right, the money elites in Europe and USA are in bed together against the people who do the bleeding and dying for their profits, it is the only explanation for the behavior of the European scoundrels in government, same as here in Washington. We have Democracy in name only.
The elites are in bed together. Why do people think to depend on the Americans is better than to depend on Russia? Russia honors business agreements, the USA weaponized energy to extort the Germans and other Europeans. Americans break contracts all the time, they are not reliable. The USA can’t be trusted, it is that simple.
This isn’t the first time that Biden and his favorite neocons, the toxic trio of Sullivan, Blinken and Nuland, have been accused of terrorism. Think back to 2014 when Victoria “f-ck the EU” Nuland was directing CIA sharpshooters to shoot people on both sides of the barricades at Maidan Square in Kiev. Our controlled MSM completely ignored that, just as they have the Hersh report. The notion that the UN will somehow allow the truth to be heard flies in the face of the “truth” of 9/11, which will never ever see the light of day.
“… Nuland was directing CIA sharpshooters to shoot people on both sides of the barricades at Maidan Square in Kiev.”
In today’s propaganda shit storm it is difficult to know what is real and what is not. As always, buyer beware.
I read a detailed analysis of the events of the Maidan. (Unfortunately, I cannot provide a link. Lost to memory.) That report asserted that Newland told the snipers (Georgians?) that they needed to kill at least 100 people. That they needed at least 100 dead Ukrainians, deaths that would then be blamed on the Yanukovych government. “Sufficient” carnage was needed to generate “sufficient” outrage to justify the US coup-planners to declare the Yanukovych government illegitimate, and for the US to declare and recognize the Ukrainian “nationalist” — ie Banderite/Azov Neo-Nazi — killers to be the legitimate authority in Ukraine.
Sullivan, Blinken, and Nuland have a long-standing enmity to Russia that dates back to the days of Catherine the Great’s Pale of Settlement. They don’t much care for Germany either, hence Victoria “f-ck the EU” Nuland.
So, why doesn’t the EU “f*ck” the U.S. back???
That’s because the EU is controlled by the same evil cabal that the USA is. Truth is, we’re all f-cked and headed for a catastrophic war with Russia.
I think a possible explanation for the asymmetrical fecking, I believe this phenomenon is also referred to colloquially as rape, can be found in the relationship between the US and the EU vis a vis involuntary fecking being much like that between perpetrator and victim in the more thoroughly pious Islamic countries. That means the rules aren’t for you. And neither is anything else in your favor.
The eu knows perfectly well that “Rome” never forgives an injury.
The Nord Stream bombing wasn’t an attack on Russia or Germany, it was an attack on civilization. And consider that Biden publicly threatened to “bring it (Nord Stream) to an end” if the Russians invaded. He in fact knew the invasion was coming, that was the plan all along, so the destruction of Nord Stream, which he would naturally lie about, was going to happen as well, yet for no reason he gutted his credibility by publicly threatening beforehand what he planned afterwards to deny. His addled lying warmonger act is not an act. His runaway war train needs to be stopped.
A short discussion regarding a couple of missing details in the Nordstrom pipeline story.
Notably absent in virtually all mention of the “destruction” of the Nord stream pipelines: only three of the four pipelines were breached. Only Hersh in his Substack piece states — without emphasis — that only three of the four pipes were affected. Everyone else just says “destroyed”.
This is both an interesting and important fact. Important in its implications and in its absence from virtually all reporting of the incident.
First, the attempt by the United States to destroy the pipelines, and thereby preempt any attempt by Germany to return to an amicable and mutually beneficial relationship with Russia, has failed. Repeat: failed. At any moment, at the flip of a switch, Germany can restore its supply of Russian LNG by virtue of the one remaining, undamaged pipeline, which has a capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters of LNG/year.
No one cares to mention this … dare I say … elephant in the room. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!
Why no mention? Could it perhaps be because The attempt by the exceptionally powerful, supremely capable, nearly God-like and self-fellatory United States has screwed the pooch, has tried and ***FAILED*** in its effort to kneecap Germany and Europe.
(Unless of course Germany and Europe bend over and go along with it.)
Meanwhile,“destroyed”, the term used to describe the condition of the pipelines, implies permanence. Utter nonsense! Repair of the pipelines is a straightforward — hardly challenging — matter.
Next little detail:
Assuming that the plan was to breach all four pipelines — well duh! — clearly one set of explosives failed to detonate. Which would suggest that it remained there intact, up close and personal to one of the pipelines. The hardest of hard evidence. Ouch!
Now if you were paying attention, you may recall that after the event, Sweden and Denmark proceeded to “investigate” … while refusing to allow Russian participation. I can’t help but think that they found the explosive devices that failed to detonate. Which kind of suggests that they “sanitized” the crime scene by removing the evidence, evidence that would have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt exactly who was the responsible party.
So it looks like both Sweden and Denmark were complicit in the crime … both before and after.
Anyway, just a couple little details that I haven’t seen anywhere.
Some interesting points, and a fair bit of speculation. We shall see, perhaps.
Note, however, that the still-intact pipeline actually has a capacity of exactly no LNG. These aren’t LNG facilities.
I was under the impression — mistaken impression — that the gas was compressed into liquid form and transported through the pipeline that way. According to ChatGPT, I was wrong.
Thanks for the correction.
Yeah, pipeline gas is under pressure, but nothing like LNG. ChatGPT is scaring me. 😨
That they only got three out of four pipelines further confirms it was the US government. and that’s a good observation about Sweden and Denmark possibly being involved in a coverup. With Hersh and others beating the bushes, the more people involved in it the merrier. Personally I think the Germans and Russians should blow up a US pipeline so they can feign shock at the reaction.
I wonder if any US media will cover this meeting. To me the important question is whether US and allies compensated Germany days or months before or after the sabotage.
Looks like the spooks are going to do to Biden what they did for Trump.. Couldnt happen to a nicer guy!
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