Danish Prime Minister warns against Nord Stream conspiracy theories

A theory concerning a deliberate attack on the Nord Stream pipelines by the US gained momentum after remarks made by US President Joe Biden.
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen

The explosions that hit the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines remain a mystery, and it is unclear whether there will ever be official word as to what happened under the sea in late summer of last year near the Danish island of Bornholm.

Danish authorities are currently in the process of investigating the circumstances surrounding the explosions along with German and Swedish colleagues, and the lack of answers has set off numerous theories, but that’s just how it has to be, states Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

”I would like to warn against conspiracies in any context altogether. I don’t acknowledge the premise that authorities are accountable for conspiracy theories,” says Frederiksen: 

”That is to say that the ones who are making such postulations must be accountable for them. I wish to warn against conspiracy theories, but an investigation is underway. Nothing has been concluded on the basis of it.”

One story that has caused quite the stir about the Nord Stream explosions was written by a US-based journalist.

On Feb. 8, Seymour Hersh published a post on his blog citing an anonymous source ”with direct knowledge of the planning,” detailing how the US and Norway were behind the attack. This was dismissed as ”pure fiction” by the former and ”nonsense” by the latter.

Can you repudiate [the claim that the US was responsible]?

”In terms of the explosions, which I think comes as a surprise to many Danes, the relevant authorities in nations concerned with this [incident] are in the process of investigating it. Nothing has been concluded from this investigation, so I have no comment on that question.”

Hersh has since declined to release documentation that supports his detailed account, which has spread to many corners of the world and remains highly controversial. 

The theory regarding the US’ active role gained momentum on the heels of remarks made by US President Joe Biden shortly before the war. He said that the US ”would end” the gas pipelines between Russia and Germany if Russia launched an attack on Ukraine.

”I promise you we will be able to do it,” Biden responded to a journalist’s question regarding how the US could intervene in such matters.

Hersh is not the first person to present this view, as there has been a flourish of theories as to the perpetrator behind the explosions of the two pipelines in September 2022.

Russia has by numerous politicians and security exports been picked out as the likely culprit.

A few weeks ago, German Attorney General Peter Frank said to German news outlet Die Welt that no evidence had been found about Russia’s involvement. 

To a question on whether the matter will ever be clarified, Frederiksen responds:

”Yes, well, that will depend on whatever the investigation might result in. It’s not possible to anticipate what it might conclude?” 

So, there is a possibility that what actually happened might remain unanswered? 

”No conclusion has been reached on this investigation. I can’t say anything more than that,” says the Danish Prime Minister.

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