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Professor Jeffrey Sachs: The destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines is an act of international terrorism KXan 36 Daily News

Date: March 27, 2023 Time: 04:33:17

On February 21, Sachs appeared before the UN Security Council and presented her own analysis of the sabotage in the Baltic Sea that occurred last September.

“RG” publishes a translation of this speech by an American professor, received by our editorial staff from Jeffrey Sachs himself. The logical conclusions of the renowned expert allow us to see once again what interests are behind the unprecedented destruction of a critical element of the international energy infrastructure.


Professor Jeffrey D. Sacks

college professor at Columbia University

UN Security Council session on the destruction of the Nord Stream 2 pipelines

February 21, 2023

My name is Jeffrey D. Sacks. I am a professor at Columbia University. I am a specialist in the global economy, including global trade, finance, infrastructure, and economic governance. I am speaking before the UN Security Council on my own behalf. I do not represent governments or organizations in the testimonials I will give.

The destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines on September 26, 2022 is an act of international terrorism and poses a threat to peace. It is the responsibility of the UN Security Council to consider who could have carried out this act in order to bring the perpetrator to international justice, compensate the injured parties and prevent similar acts in the future.

The consequences of the destruction of Nord Stream 2 are enormous. These include not only the vast economic losses associated with the pipelines themselves and their potential future uses, but also the greatest threat to cross-border infrastructure of all kinds: undersea Internet cables, international pipelines for gas and hydrogen, cross-border transmission of electricity. , offshore wind farms, etc.

The global transition to green energy will require significant cross-border infrastructure, including in international waters. Countries must have full confidence that their infrastructure will not be destroyed by third parties. Some countries in Europe have recently expressed concern about the safety of their offshore infrastructure.

For all these reasons, the UN Security Council investigation into the Nord Stream explosions is a high-level international priority.

The destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines required a high degree of planning, expertise, and technological capability. Nord Stream 2 pipes are an engineering marvel. Each section of pipe is 4.5 cm thick laminated steel with an internal diameter of 1.15 meters of pipe. The pipe is encased in 10.9 cm thick concrete and the weight of each section of pipe with concrete insulation is 24 metric tons. The Nord Stream 2 pipelines, about 1,200 kilometers long, consist of about 200,000 pipes. The pipes are laid on the bottom of the sea.

Destroying a heavy duty rolled steel concrete lined pipeline at a depth of 70 to 90 meters requires highly advanced technology for transporting explosives, diving to set explosives, and detonation. The exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden make it much more difficult to carry out a trade without being noticed. As confirmed by several high-ranking officials, such an action could have been carried out by a state-level executor.

Only a few state-level actors have both the technical capacity and the access to the Baltic Sea to carry out such action. These include Russia, the US, the UK, Poland, Norway, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, either individually or in any combination. Ukraine does not have the necessary technology, as well as access to the Baltic Sea.

A recent article in The Washington Post revealed that the intelligence services of NATO member countries have tacitly concluded that there is no evidence whatsoever that Russia carried out this action. This is also consistent with the fact that Russia had no clear motive for carrying out this act of terrorism on its own critical infrastructure. In fact, Russia is likely to incur significant pipeline repair costs.

As reported, three countries carried out an investigation into the terrorist attack against Nord Stream: Denmark, Germany and Sweden. These countries supposedly know a lot about the circumstances of the terrorist attack. Sweden especially has more to tell the world about the crime scene its divers investigated. However, instead of sharing this information, Sweden kept the results of its investigation secret from the rest of the world. Sweden refused to share its findings with Russia and rejected a joint investigation with Denmark and Germany. In the interest of world peace, the UN Security Council should require these countries to immediately transfer the results of their investigations to the UN Security Council.

To date, there has only been one detailed account of the destruction of the Nord Stream recently submitted by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, likely based on information leaked to Hersh by an unnamed source. Hersh attributes the destruction of Nord Stream to an order from US President Joe Biden and its execution by US agents in a covert operation that Hersh describes in detail. The White House called Hersh’s testimony “completely and utterly false” but did not offer any information that contradicted Hersh’s description, nor did it offer alternative explanations.

Senior US officials made statements before and after the destruction of Nord Stream showing US hostility towards the pipelines. On January 27, 2022, Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland wrote: “If Russia invades the Ukraine… there will be no Nord Stream 2.” On February 7, 2022, President Biden said, “If Russia invades… then there will be no more Nord Stream 2. We will end it.” When the journalist asked him how he would do it, he (Biden – approx. “RG”) replied: “I promise you, we can do it.”

On September 30, 2022, immediately after the terrorist attack on the pipeline, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the destruction of the pipeline “is also a great opportunity. This is a great opportunity to eliminate the dependence on Russian energy once and for all”. and thus eliminate Vladimir Putin’s use of energy as a weapon to further his imperial designs.” On January 28, 2023, Assistant Secretary Nuland told Senator Ted Cruz: “I think the administration is very pleased to learn that Nord Stream 2 is now, what you would like to say, a piece of metal at the bottom of the sea.”

Such expressions are generally inappropriate in relation to international terrorism. I hope that the United States, along with all other members of the Security Council, will condemn this heinous act of international terrorism and join the United Nations Security Council’s urgent investigation into this international crime to determine the truth. The truth is still unknown to the world, but it is being discovered.

More than ever, the world depends on the UN Security Council doing its job to stop the escalation to another world war. The world will only be safe when the permanent members of the UN Security Council work together diplomatically to resolve global crises, including the war in Ukraine and rising tensions in East Asia. The UN Security Council provides a unique global forum for this peaceful work. More than ever, we need a healthy and functional UN Security Council that fulfills the mission entrusted to it by the UN Charter.

An objective UN Security Council investigation into Nord Stream terrorism, in which all countries share what they know, is essential for the body’s global trust and, most importantly, for world peace and development. sustainable.

Prepared by Alexander Gasyuk

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