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Russia calls UN Security meeting over pipeline, blames United States for 'terrorist attack'

Russia's foreign minister posted old videos of U.S. officials commenting on how the pipeline will end if Moscow invades Ukraine.

Published: September 28, 2022 11:19am

Updated: September 28, 2022 3:54pm

Russia on Wednesday called for a United Nations Security Council meeting over the Nord Stream pipeline "sabotage," on which Moscow officials are blaming the United States.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 natural gas pipelines that run from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea on Tuesday each reportedly started leaking after reports of blasts.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asked via Telegram whether former Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski's speculation that the United States was behind the pipeline leaks is an "official statement about a terrorist attack.

Zakharova also posted footage of Biden from early February when he said that the United States would "bring an end" to the Nord Stream pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine. 

Former President Trump on Wednesday also reposted the video of Biden's comments with the caption: "Wow, what a statement. World War III anyone?"

Russia's foreign minister also posted footage of Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who said in January that "if Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward."

In February, Biden in a White House statement, made clear his plan was to "impose sanctions" on the company that runs and owns the pipeline, Nord Stream 2 AG, and its corporate officers.

"These steps are another piece of our initial tranche of sanctions in response to Russia's [war] actions in Ukraine," he said.

Russia's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy on Wednesday said he called of an "urgent" Security Council meeting, scheduled for Friday, to discuss the pipeline.

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