The Russian leadership has demanded an investigation into the alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea and has presented the United States as the main suspect. "But it is obvious that the main beneficiary (of the pipeline explosions), especially economically, is the United States," National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Friday, according to the Interfax news agency, at a meeting with CIS intelligence chiefs. states.
Patrushev accused the West of launching a campaign against Russia as soon as the leaks became known. It is therefore necessary to intensify the cooperation of the secret services within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose association of former Soviet states, and to unveil the "clients and agents of the crime". A total of four leaks have been found on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines since Monday night. NATO assumes sabotage.
At the meeting, Patrushev also spoke out in favor of joint legal action against Western-controlled non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the media. This serves, among other things, to avoid revolutions. "Russia has the relevant experience and is ready to share it," he offered. In recent years, Russia has consistently restricted press freedom and banned an increasing number of NGOs. Patrushev, once the head of the Russian secret service, is considered a longtime confidante of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.