Pipelines that supply Europe with Russian natural gas have been damaged. Troubling theories about how it happened -- and who might have done it -- have emerged.
The U.S. Navy and NATO conducted joint exercises and tested technology in June in the area where damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines was recently discovered, the Daily Wire reported. The pipelines under the Baltic Sea are a strategic stronghold that brings gas from Russia to Germany.
The pipelines have been used as political leverage since Russia invaded Ukraine. However, leaks in the pipeline recently discovered indicate "unprecedented" damage without a known cause.
Notably, June's exercises brought together nations in BALTOPS 22 around the Danish island of Bornholm, where the leaks have now been located. Part of the testing involved "unmanned underwater mine hunting technology" conducted by scientists from five nations.
"BALTOPS, with the high degree of complexity, tested our collective readiness and adaptability, while also highlighting the strength of our Alliance and resolve in providing a maritime domain with freedom of navigation for all," a statement from Vice Admiral Gene Black explained. This only adds to the speculation.
Although some European officials are pointing fingers at Russian sabotage in order to raise export prices, a curious statement from President Joe Biden has once again made its rounds on social media. "If Russia invades, that means tanks or troops crossing the border of Ukraine again, there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2," Biden said before the February invasion.
"We will bring an end to it," the president claimed. When pressed by a reporter, Biden only doubled down. "I promise you — we will be able to do it."
It's quite possible that Russia has done in its own pipeline. However, the opportunity and motive are not the sole domain of Russia, and only time will tell what caused the damage -- and who was behind it if it was intentional.