President Joe Biden accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of lying and “pumping out disinformation” on the suspected attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines during his Friday remarks at the White House.
“It was a deliberate act of sabotage, and now the Russians are pumping out disinformation and lies,” Biden said.
Biden’s remarks go against his declaration earlier this year that the U.S would put an end to the Nord Stream.
Meanwhile, Putin accused Western leaders of sabotaging the Nord Stream pipeline under the baltic sea during his speech at the St George’s Hall of the Kremlin on Friday.
The sabotaging of Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines is meant to “destroy the European energy infrastructure,” Putin said.
The Russian leader added, “those who profit from it have done it.”
“The sanctions were not enough for the Anglo-Saxons: they moved onto sabotage,” Putin said. “It is hard to believe but it is a fact that they organized the blasts on the Nord Stream international gas pipeline.”
But Biden urged Americans not to listen to Putin.
“When things calm down, we’re going to be sending divers down to find out exactly what happened,” Biden said.
“Just don’t listen to what Putin is saying,” Biden added.
“What he is saying, we know, is not true.”
Last week, Fox News Tucker Carlson suggested that the Nord Stream pipeline attack could be the Biden administration.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said claims that his country was behind the Nord Stream attack were “quite predictable and also predictably stupid.”
“This is a big problem for us because, firstly, both lines of Nord Stream 2 are filled with gas – the entire system is ready to pump gas, and the gas is very expensive,” Peskov said.
“Now the gas is flying off into the air,” he added.
“Before making any claims, we should wait for an investigation into these ruptures, whether there was an explosion or not,” Peskov said.