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Western officials play down claims of Ukraine role in Nord Stream explosions

Western officials have sought to play down allegations of Ukrainian involvement in the explosions that destroyed the Nord Stream gas pipelines last year. Nato, EU, and Swedish officials urge caution about assigning blame for the attempt on the pipelines linking Russia with western Europe.

  • Western officials have sought to play down allegations of Ukrainian involvement in the explosions that destroyed the Nord Stream gas pipelines last year.
  • Nato, EU and Swedish officials all urged caution about assigning blame for the attempt on the pipelines linking Russia with western Europe.
  • Germany’s defence minister suggested a ‘false flag’ operation may have been responsible.
  • The German attorney-general’s office said it was not yet possible to make “any reliable statements” about whether the attack had been ordered by a state.
  • Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg urged caution when asked if the alliance could confirm that Ukraine was involved in the sabotage.
Western officials play down claims of Ukraine role in Nord Stream explosions
Germany’s defence minister says ‘false flag’ scenario cannot be discounted

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