Leaks in major pipelines being built to carry natural gas from Russia to western Europe have sparked investigations and allegations that sabotage may be at work.
The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines will transport the fuel through the Baltic Sea. Flow through Nord Stream 1 was halted for maintenance in early September but never resumed.
Nord Stream 2 never went online because of sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
But now both projects are being plagued by “unprecedented” leaks and now European authorities are investigating whether foul play may have been involved.
The Nord Stream 2 leak was therefore discovered on Monday CBS News.
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On Tuesday, the Swedish Maritime Administration announced that two leaks had been found in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, CBS reported.
In the meantime, north stream 2, Completed September 2021, it never got a chance to officially open for operations after German authorities temporarily suspended certification in November due to Russian threats against Ukraine CNBC.
After Russia recognized the independence of two territories in eastern Ukraine in February, Chancellor Olaf Scholz halted certification entirely, CNBC reported.
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Denmark’s prime minister, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, told the Danish-language news outlet that she “cannot rule out” sabotage as a possible contributor to these leaks politics reported.
“It’s hard to imagine that it’s a coincidence. We cannot rule out sabotage, but it is too early to draw any conclusions,” Frederiksen told Politiken eurobserveran online news agency based in Brussels.
Meanwhile, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr of Ukraine Zelenskyj blamed Russia.
Podolyak tweeted that the ”[g]leak” by NS-1 is nothing more than a terrorist attack planned by Russia and an act of aggression towards the EU. wants to destabilize the economic situation in Europe and trigger a pre-winter panic.”
NS-1 “gas leak” is nothing more than a terrorist attack planned by Russia and an act of aggression towards the EU. 🇷🇺 wants to destabilize the economic situation in Europe and trigger a pre-winter panic. The best reaction and safety investment – tanks for 🇺🇦. Especially German…
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) September 27, 2022
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian government was very concerned about the pipeline leaks The Washington Post.
“This is very alarming information, there is some damage in the line in the Danish economic zone, it is not yet clear what kind. The pressure has dropped a lot. This is an unprecedented situation that needs to be addressed urgently,” Peskov said, the Post reported.
Disclose TV also tweeted an update showing that the area has been affected by the leak north stream 2 was already over 1 kilometer – or about half a mile – wide.
“UPDATE – The surface of the largest Nord Stream gas leak has a ‘fault’ well over 1 kilometer in diameter, according to the Danish Armed Forces,” the tweet said.
UPDATE – The surface of the largest Nord Stream gas leak has a “fault” well over 1 kilometer in diameter, according to the Danish Armed Forces. pic.twitter.com/u0r4cGjImo
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) September 27, 2022
Both Danish and Swedish authorities warned ships sailing to the affected areas could be damaged or even cause ignition of the spilled fuel, CBS News reported.
Meanwhile, the question of sabotage remains open.
While Europe is watching Moscow As a possible culprit, Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom also complained in the summer that international sanctions against Russia were preventing it from performing critical maintenance work on the pipeline, CNBC reported.
Nord Stream AG, the company that built and operated the pipelines, called the leaks “unprecedented”.
“The damage that occurred simultaneously to three offshore pipelines of the Nord Stream system in one day is unprecedented,” Nord Stream AG said in a statement given to Russian news agencies and reported by the Washington Post.
The Nord Stream pipelines have become the center of the energy battle between Russia and Europe.
European nations condemned and sanctioned Russia for its war against Ukraine, but they were also largely dependent on Russia’s gas and power supplies, particularly through the Nord Stream pipeline.
as tensions between Europe and Russia escalated, not only did Germany shut down Nord Stream 2, but on the Russian side Gazprom announced in the summer that there would be an interruption in the flow of gas from Russia to Europe.
Gazprom said necessary maintenance work was at the root of the disruptions, but some analysts assessed that it was also Russia’s way of pressuring Europe to reverse sanctions, CNBC reported.
Then the flow of gas in Nord Stream 1 stopped completely.
This has led Europe to scramble to find energy supplies as winter approaches.
“A fall in Russia’s gas supply has caused energy prices to spike, causing pain to many across Europe, fueling fears of the coming winter and putting pressure on governments to ease the pain of their citizens’ sky-high bills,” CBS reported.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has even accused Russia of using energy as “blackmail,” according to The Washington Post.
Russia did not respond to a CNBC request for comment, the network reported.
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