Months after the attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, Hungary is demanding that the United Nations investigate the matter.
In September 2022, three of the four pipelines connecting Russia to Germany were sabotaged in an attack. Most rational evidence regarding the matter suggests that the sabotage was done by a state actor.
While many have blamed Russia for blowing up their own pipelines — despite this theory not making much sense — others have asserted that the United States was involved.
I’m troubled that I can’t immediately rule out the suggestion that the U.S. blew up Nord Stream. I checked with a bunch of Senate colleagues. Among those I’ve asked, none were ever briefed on this. If it turns out to be true, we’ve got a huge problem. https://t.co/DG0dYTByPI
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) February 8, 2023
According to an article published by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the Nord Stream pipelines were destroyed in a covert operation by the United States.
Hersh’s sources reportedly told him that the explosives had been planted in June 2022 by U.S. Navy divers under the guise of the BALTOPS 22 NATO exercise. The sources also claimed that the explosives were detonated three months later via a remote signal sent by a sonar buoy.
One of the sources allegedly stated that those responsible for the planting of explosives knew that the operation was an “act of war” — and asserted that some in the CIA and State Department had warned: “Don’t do this. It’s stupid and will be a political nightmare if it comes out.”
Ukraine has also been suspected as the culprit behind the bombing, with many saying that it was part of an effort to strike back against Russia for invading the country.
None of these theories have been proven as of yet, and thus Hungary has consistently been vocal in their demands for a U.N. investigation into the explosion.
The attack has left Germany and other European countries essentially dependent on American energy, prompting even more support from these countries for further tensions in Ukraine.
“This is basically the first time when such a major European critical infrastructure was attacked. By whoever – but it was attacked,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told RIA Novosti.
Szijjarto went on to denounce the sabotage as a “scandalous” act of terrorism, emphasizing that the international community should place an investigation into the matter as their highest priority.
Hungarian authorities are demanding to know “who committed it and why,” urging the U.N. to conduct a “comprehensive, deep, structured and detailed” investigation.
“I think the UN should give a framework for such kind of an investigation,” Szijjarto said, adding that the international body needs to operate as a “platform for countries to talk to each other, who even consider each other as enemies.”