The West has finished its investigation into the Nord Stream bombing — so why won’t it name Russia?

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The West has finished its investigation into the bombing of the Nord Stream gas pipeline but is in no hurry to publicly declare Russia's involvement, Mykhailo Gonchar, President of the Center for Global Studies Strategy XXI, told Radio NV.

"I believe that (the investigation) was thoroughly conducted and everything was pretty quickly clarified. However, it hasn't been made public not because of concerns about damaging relations with Ukraine. If (there is evidence that) Russia is responsible, decisive actions must be taken. Here you can't get away with mere statements," remarked Gonchar.

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He also warned of the consequences of such silent investigations.

"Russia, employing its hybrid methods, achieves its goals,” he said.

“Simultaneously, the Western side appears incapable of effectively countering this and does not call things by their names. This not only increases the potential for further sabotage of NATO and EU communications but also stirs tensions in the media, related to the insinuations that ‘they are not there,’ that it was not the Russians who did it, but the Ukrainians (in the case of the Nord Streams)."

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Gonchar criticized The Washington Post's report on the Nord Stream bombings, specifically mentioning Colonel Roman Chervinsky's alleged involvement in the explosions as 'absurd slander.' You can hear more about this assessment in a video interview available on Radio NV.

On September 26, 2022, Russian warships were detected near the Nord Stream-1 and Nord Stream-2 gas pipelines, a few days before they were destroyed by explosions. Both pipelines were not operating at the time but were filled with technical gas.

Poland and Ukraine accused Russia of the bombings, while the Kremlin regime, in turn, accused the ‘Anglo-Saxons’ and denied its involvement. Defense ministries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland confirmed the intentional nature of the sabotage.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine had nothing to do with the bombing of the pipelines. Former Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that this is "a rather strange story that has nothing to do with us."

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