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Blinken Calls Nord Stream Sabotage A ‘Tremendous Opportunity’ For Europe

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that the sabotage of the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines could be advantageous for Europe because the continent may no longer be able to rely on Russian energy.

Blinken told reporters that Europe now has a “tremendous opportunity” to achieve energy independence since it can no longer rely on Russian gas deliveries through Nord Stream 1 and 2 during a press conference. After European nations discovered gas leaks in the Baltic Sea on Sept. 27, President Joe Biden and the European Union (EU) both said that the leaks were caused by a “deliberate act” of sabotage.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy and thus to take away from Vladimir Putin the weaponization of energy as a means of advancing his imperial designs,” Blinken stated.

Blinken also said that the U.S. would do everything it possibly can to alleviate the “consequences” of the sabotage as Europe is currently embroiled in an energy crisis.

The EU approved a plan Friday to tax the profits of energy companies to help households pay exorbitant utility bills, according to Reuters. European households are struggling to pay soaring electricity bills as their natural gas shortages are being exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as Moscow has continually cut gas deliveries to Europe, blaming EU sanctions for its inability to provide more fuel.

“Europe itself has taken very significant steps to both decrease demand but also look at ways to pursue the transition to renewables at the same time,” Blinken said.

Russian imports accounted for 40% of the EU’s total gas consumption in 2021, according to the International Energy Agency. Natural gas accounted for 24% of the EU’s energy mix while renewables accounted for 17%, according to Eurostat.

The State Department did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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  1. It’s almost an admission from Blinken that we are responsible for the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines as this Administration continues to push us toward WWIII. What little coverage that has been on the mainstream media suggests, of course, that it’s Putin’s sabotage. CNN features the liar Brennan to say this “Russia did it”, just like he lied and said that Trump colluded with Russia and just like he and 51 other “Intelligence experts” lied said that the Hunter Biden laptop story was “Russian disinformation”. Why are these people still allowed on T.V.? That Putin would sabotage his own pipeline is nonsense and totally illogical as it’s his continuing gas and oil revenue from Europe that is funding his war effort and his main source of revenue and his biggest negotiating tool. But Biden doesn’t want peace and he has suggested previously that he would somehow end the Nord Stream II pipeline, even though he supported it before the Ukraine war started. Clearly Biden (and some Republicans like Lindsey Graham) only care about “regime change” in Russian and never mind if Europe and the U.S. collapse along the way. He is playing a dangerous game and we have no idea, at this point, what the consequences of his uncalculated and feckless policies will be.

    I’m so tired of all the Politicians waving Ukrainian flags and shouting “We must stand for Democracy” and proclaiming Zelenskyy a populist “hero” when he is, in fact, just another dictator and corrupt politician. Ukraine is the corrupt government that took a Billion dollar bribe from Joe Biden to fire the prosecutor that was looking into his son Hunter’s money laundering scheme and has historically been known to be a massively corrupt country. In amazing hypocrisy, they always talk about Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity” while we have exactly zero territorial integrity with a completely open border that allows in millions of unvaccinated illegals; including criminals, cartels, terrorists (over 70 identified so far) and the Chinese made fentanyl that kills over a hundred thousand American citizens every year. Now all the Democrats and the war mongering Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham vote to send additional money (up to 54 billion so far) to fund a proxy war against Putin that we didn’t want, didn’t vote for and can’t win. They are complicit in the constant money printing of this administration that is the primary cause of the massive inflation that’s bankrupting our country and our citizens. And they are complicit in the reckless escalation of a war that was never in our National Security interests but may lead to world wide destruction.

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