Disinfo: US benefits from destroying of Nord Stream because it can now sell more liquefied natural gas to Europe


Blinken spoke frankly and unabashedly about the motives of the United States and its NATO partners for destroying the Russian gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2. During a joint press conference with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Jolie, he talked about the progress made in the production of liquefied gas in the United States, with which Washington plans to replace Russian gas in Europe.

In the end, this is a great opportunity for the US. It is a chance to get rid of Russian energy dependence once and for all. This is very important and opens up huge strategic opportunities for the US in the coming years.


Disinformation strongly implying that the US is behind the recent sabotage explosions on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines.

Denmark, Sweden and Germany have started investigations to establish the cause of the leaks and explosions. Denmark and Sweden, in whose exclusive economic zone the explosions occured, are going to inspect the sites of the leaks after the gas stops coming out into the sea. This is the first step in determining what caused the leaks.

Pro-Kremlin media are promoting a number of different claims alleging that the leaks were planned by US, UK, Poland or Ukraine. This is similar to the Kremlin's disinformation campaign in the situation with MH-17.

The claim that the US and its NATO partners might benefit is speculation. European gas prices, which had been going down in recent months, went up 12% the days after the leaks. Gazprom has been reducing the supply of gas to Europe since spring 2022, blaming Europe and calling for sanctions to be lifted. In early September. Gazprom announced an indefinite shutdown of NS1 after days and weeks of scheduled repairs. NS2 has never been operational. It was sanctioned after Russia launched its military aggression against Ukraine.

In fact, the US is not interested in rising gas prices. The largest NATO economies joined the oil price cap-initiative in order to drive down energy prices.

See more disinformation cases related to Nord Stream: the US is instigating war in Ukraine to boycott the NS2 project; Nord Stream 2 is the only guarantee of Europe's energy security; the EU's gas problems are a result of its fight for "energy independence".


  • Reported in: Issue 311
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Canada, Russia, Europe
  • Keywords: gas, Nord Stream 2, Energy, Conspiracy theory, NATO
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Disinfo: Four Ukrainian regions voted to join Russia by overwhelming majority

The people of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya Oblasts were asked one simple question: do you wish to become part of Russia?

After five days of voting, the results from all four territories were clear – by an overwhelming majority, the participants in the referendums approved the proposition. Shortly thereafter, they were incorporated into the Russian Federation. What was once Ukraine has now become Mother Russia.


The claim is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign concerning Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine.

The "referenda" were held illegally, under duress, and on territories which Russia does not even fully control.

Disinfo: Only 5% of the grain that the West exports from Ukraine goes to the poorest countries

The West is favouring grain exports from Ukraine under the guise of “providing food security for the world's poorest countries” but everything goes to the same European countries. Only 5% goes to the poorest countries.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative whose goal is to deny Russia's responsibility for growing food crisis and supply insecurity by stating that most of Ukraine's grain ships are sent to rich European countries and only 5% to the poorest. This false allegation goes in line with a wider pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign aiming to blame Western countries for a global food crisis engineered by Russia as part of its unjustified aggression against Ukraine.

Russia is responsible of the global food crisis as this is a consequence of the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine: naval blockade of Ukrainian posts, bombardment of transport infrastructure and shelling of farming regions. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has destabilised global food markets and is driving food prices up due to increased cost of production, transport and freight insurance. Russia has destroyed substantial food stocks, production, as well as processing and transport capacities in Ukraine.

Disinfo: Southern Ukraine and the Donbas voted to join Russia in referendums

The Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DNR and LNR), as well as parts of the Kherson region and the Zaporizhzhia region in southern Ukraine, voted in favour of joining Russia in referendums held between 23 and 27 September.

In Luhansk, more than 98% of voters supported the idea of joining Russia, according to official data after counting all ballot papers.

In Donetsk, the results were similar, with more than 99% of voters in favour. In the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, all ballots were processed by the end of the day on Tuesday, with 93% and 87% of voters in favour of secession from Ukraine and unification with Russia respectively.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the invasion of Ukraine and sham referenda on occupied Ukrainian territories aiming at justifying the annexation of Ukrainian territories.

Russia has held illegal referenda on four occupied oblasts of Ukraine (Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson) on September 23-26. Russia does not fully control the territories where so-called referendums are taking place.