Damaged Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. LEHTIKUVA

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Hungary is calling for a UN investigation into the “scandalous” attack on the Nord Stream pipelines that journalist Seymour Hersh has asserted were destroyed by the United States. The pipelines, which connected Russia to Germany, were sabotaged last September, leading to a state of dependence on US energy and prompting European countries to support the escalation of the war in Ukraine.

According to Hersh's sources, the explosives were planted in June 2022 by US Navy divers under the guise of the BALTOPS 22 NATO exercise, and were detonated three months later with a remote signal sent by a sonar buoy. One source told Hersh that the plotters knew the covert operation was an “act of war," with some in the CIA and State Department warning, “Don’t do this. It’s stupid and will be a political nightmare if it comes out."

Now, after China demanded that the United States “explain itself to the world” over the claims, Hungary has added its voice to the call for a full and proper investigation, demanding to know "who committed it and why." Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has described the attack as a “scandalous” act of terrorism, insisting that the truth must be uncovered and that it should be of utmost international importance.

Budapest is urging the UN to conduct a “comprehensive, deep, structured and detailed” probe, which would act as a “platform for countries to talk to each other, who even consider each other as enemies.” The investigation could have significant political, economic, and legal implications for the countries involved, depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden also weighed in on the incident, pointing out that the White House has previously denied involvement in other false flags, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion. With tensions high and accusations flying, it remains to be seen whether the UN will launch an investigation, and what the repercussions of such an investigation could be.


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