Russia traditionally, within the framework of its ongoing information war, implements propaganda projects against certain countries on the eve of significant dates. First of all, in order to significantly reduce their importance and divert public attention from the main events to the secondary, or even tertiary ones. And given the fact that these secondary and tertiary topics are nothing but manipulation, then they should be of no value at all, but…
By Ukraine’s Independence Day, Russia decided to run a similar psyop, which is designed to both demoralize society on the eve of the celebration and distract it from the landmark event. And in this case, we are talking about a report about the allegedly upcoming completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction by August 23, that is, the day before Ukraine’s main holiday.
You don't have to be a soothsayer to understand that this is a pre-planned information spin aimed at demoralizing the public on the eve of the holiday. But, nevertheless, despite the obviousness of the psyop in progress, we should delve into its essence, for, let's say, practical study.
The announcement of the Nord Stream 2 completion by 23 August was aired on Tuesday, August 17, in a report by Deutsche Welle. But, at the same time, not a single official was quoted in that report to actually confirm this date. That is, it turns out that everything was presented as “journalists’ insight” – but was it?
In fact, this is not entirely true, because the other day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that the pipeline was 99% complete. Against the background of this statement, as well as the report that emerged about the remaining 15 km of the route to lay, Deutsche Welle fired its shot, too.
That is, cumulative narratives, launched into our information space through, alas, Ukrainian, including quite adequate media outlets, which in turn refer to the German edition that covered the topic referring to a “source,” are actually unfounded. And the very synchronicity of the messages by Sergei Lavrov and a number of journalists also raises unambiguous questions.
I’d like to note that the Nord Stream 2 issue is extremely painful for the Russian Federation. Back in 2019, Alexey Miller promised to launch gas supplies via Nord Stream 2 by the end of 2019. Then, Vladimir Putin personally promised to start gas supplies via the Russian pipeline in the first quarter of 2020. After that statement, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak emphasized that the new gas pipeline was set to be launched by the end of 2020. Then a new deadline was announced – the first quarter of 2021. In the first quarter of 2021, the new launch deadline was announced – the summer of 2021. And literally last week, in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper, German lawmaker, member of the Bundestag Committee on Economics and Energy, Steffen Kotre, said that the operation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline 2 will launch before the end of this year.
So many promises have been made but not a single one has yet been fulfilled. And this circumstance makes the Kremlin very anxious.
In reality, 15 kilometers worth of the pipeline is not such a long distance as it might seem, and the very fact of its completion in the near future has long been obvious. But, despite the small distances left to conquer, Russia requires ridiculously long terms to complete construction. That is, in fact, Russia simply may not actually complete the laying by August 23, but it will definitely declare it has, in a posh bravado style.
Firstly, if one can be sure of the quality of the pipeline laid on the German side, the section laid by Russia raises questions. After all, as you know, technical and technological processes in Russia over the past decades have significantly degraded as regular accidents in Russian gas transmission networks have long become commonplace. Therefore, the launch of Nord Stream 2 may reveal a huge number of shortcomings and defects accumulated throughout the long-term construction.
Secondly, in the U.S. Senate and Congress turmoil over the Russian pipe is still developing, and it is possible that it will result in a new package of sanctions, contrary to the position voiced by the Oval Office. This could be a package in the wake of which not a single gas gas buyer will dare get their gas from Nord Stream 2.
Therefore, it is very important to understand that the urgency of completing the construction of the Russian pipe such, has long been gone. Much more important is the very fact of the start of gas deliveries.
It’s clear that Russia is trying to put a fly in the Ukraine’s ointment on the eve of Independence Day. But, only those devoid of critical thinking, those who fail to assess the situation sensibly, while fervently following and retransmitting the narratives spun by various “opinion leaders,” will ultimately see that fly.
And it should be understood that on the eve of the national holiday in Ukraine, many more psyops will be run to infiltrate Ukraine’s information space. Russia’s goal is to spoil this great holiday for Ukraine, at all possible levels.