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Former President Donald Trump has made an offer to the administration of President Joe Biden to negotiate a deal between the United States, Russia, and Ukraine.
The former president took to his Truth Social account on Wednesday to talk about the ongoing situation with Russia and Ukraine, including the damage that was reportedly done to the Nord Stream and Nord Stream II pipelines.
“Everyone is talking about the big hurricane barreling into Florida, as they should be, but perhaps a far more important event in the longer term was the announcement that the Nord Stream I & II Pipelines out of Russia (which I brought to the World’s attention as President when I explained how crippling reliance on it could be for Germany and other parts of Europe. Everybody laughed at the time, but they are not laughing anymore!) has been SABOTAGED. This could lead to major escalation, or War!” the former president said.
“U.S. ‘Leadership’ should remain ‘cool, calm, and dry’ on the SABOTAGE of the Nord Stream Pipelines. This is a big event that should not entail a big solution, at least not yet. The Russia/Ukraine catastrophe should NEVER have happened, and would definitely not have happened if I were President. Do not make matters worse with the pipeline blowup. Be strategic, be smart (brilliant!), get a negotiated deal done NOW. Both sides need and want it. The entire World is at stake. I will head up group???” he said.
In another post, he shared a video of President Biden saying that they would make certain the Nord Stream pipelines were stopped if Russia invaded Ukraine and he captioned it “Wow, what a statement. World War III anyone?”
In the video, President Biden was addressing a reporter’s question about the pipelines.
“If Russia invades…then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it,” the president said in February.
“But how will you do that, exactly, since…the project is in Germany’s control?” the reporter said.
“I promise you, we will be able to do that,” he said.
Biden in Feb 2022: "If Russia invades…then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it."
Q: "But how will you do that, exactly, since…the project is in Germany's control?"
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) September 27, 2022
The Associated Press reported.
Denmark believes “deliberate actions” caused big leaks in two natural gas pipelines running under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, and seismologists said powerful explosions preceded the leaks.
European leaders and experts pointed to possible sabotage amid the energy standoff with Russia provoked by the war in Ukraine. Although filled with gas, neither pipeline is currently supplying it to Europe.
“It is the authorities’ clear assessment that these are deliberate actions -– not accidents,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Tuesday.
But she added, “there is no information indicating who could be behind it.” Frederiksen rejected the suggestion that the incident was an attack on Denmark, saying the leaks occurred in international waters.
On Thursday the United States Embassy in Russia warned American citizens to leave Russia or risk being conscripted into the war.
“On September 21, the Russian government began a mobilization of its citizens to the armed forces in support of its invasion of Ukraine. Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, prevent their departure from Russia, and conscript dual nationals for military service.,” the embassy said.
“Commercial flight options are extremely limited at present and are often unavailable on short notice. Overland routes by car and bus are still open. If you wish to depart Russia, you should make independent arrangements as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy has severe limitations on its ability to assist U.S. citizens, and conditions, including transportation options, may suddenly become even more limited,” it said.
“U.S. citizens should not travel to Russia and those residing or traveling in Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain. The Department of State provides information on commercial travel on the Information for U.S. Citizens in Russia – Travel Options Out of Russia page on travel.state.gov. This site also provides information on requirements for entering neighboring countries, procedures for travel on expired U.S. passports in some circumstances, and visa requirements for families with American and Russian citizen family members.
“We remind U.S. citizens that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression is not guaranteed in Russia. Avoid all political or social protests and do not photograph security personnel at these events. Russian authorities have arrested U.S. citizens who have participated in demonstrations,” it said.