The White House on Wednesday slammed reports that US Navy divers, under the cover of the Baltops exercise, had planted explosive devices beneath Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline last June.
"This is utterly false and complete fiction," White House National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson told TASS.
In his article, US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh underlined that the decision on the operation was made personally by President Joe Biden after nine months of discussions with administration officials dealing with national security: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, and others.
Meanwhile, the press services of the State Department, the Pentagon, and the US Navy have not responded to a request from TASS to comment on the information provided by Hersh.
In September 2022, Nord Stream AG reported that three threads of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 offshore gas pipelines had suffered unprecedented damage.
Later on, Swedish seismologists revealed that two explosions had been recorded along the Nord Stream pipelines on September 26.