Shortly after the Nord Stream pipeline was sabotaged at the end of September 2022, Belgian military intelligence received information about the incident from the Americans at the CIA. These highlighted Ukraine’s alleged role in the sabotage, writes De Tijd on Saturday on the basis of well-informed sources.
According to the daily newspaper, this illustrates how Western intelligence services, including Belgian ones, have been aware for months that Ukraine is probably involved in one of the most brutal and dangerous attacks on a European energy infrastructure.
This could put the alliance with Ukraine under strain. Before the Russian army invaded Ukraine, Germany was heavily dependent on Russian natural gas. In addition, France’s Engie, the Netherlands’ Gasunie and Germany’s Wintershall, as well as Russia’s Gazprom, have invested in Nord Stream 1.
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Defence Minister Ludivine Dedonder (PS) made no comment on the allegations made by De Tijd. “We do not communicate on the work of our intelligence service or on the contacts it has with partner services,” her spokesperson said.