The Nordic states and Germany are investigating the major gas leaks from the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea.
If at first there were three breaks in the two pipelines, new checks show that it could be four, large ones.
If the initial suspicions hovered over Russia, the assumption that the Americans were behind the explosions is also taking shape. The United States has vehemently denied any involvement. So does Russia.
Meanwhile, Nordic countries are treating the incident as a potential attack on security in the region.
Off the Danish island of Born-holm, gas has been leaking from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline since the beginning of the week. It could take up to two weeks until the pipeline loses all residual gas, experts say. Only then can the investigation begin. For the moment, Denmark, Norway and Sweden are on alert and are afraid of new sabotage operations, which would endanger regional security.
Morten Bødskov, Minister of Defense of Denmark: “That is what we are trying to clarify now. There is no doubt that what happened is very serious. It’s not a coincidence, it’s something planned. For this reason, among others, I had discussions with Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, because it is a serious situation”.
And Norway, the European country with the largest gas and oil reserves, mobilized.
Jonas Gahr Støre, the Prime Minister of Norway: “We are concerned about ensuring the security of our own gas and oil facilities and have increased the level of caution regarding them.”
Ivar Strommen, officer in the Norwegian Royal Navy: “Europe could replace Russian gas, but if we had problems with the delivery of Norwegian gas, then the European economy would collapse. It would be a dark and cold winter.”
European Union and NATO officials picked up on the idea of sabotage and made it clear that Russia was first on the list of potential suspects.
Arvydas Anušauskas, Minister of Defense Lithuania: “The Swedes recorded, for example, explosions and other phenomena. I think the investigation will show what happened. But it is clear who got it right. Above all, Gazprom stands to gain.”
And former CIA director John Brennan points to Moscow.
John Brennan, Director of the CIA: “I think it’s a signal to Europe that Russia can strike beyond the borders of Ukraine. So who knows what else he (Putin) can plan next. But I think it’s definitely sabotage and Russia is definitely the main suspect.”
The Russians, on the other hand, vehemently reject the accusations coming from Western states.
Dmitry Peskov: “Making such insinuations is predictable, stupid and absurd. I urge everyone to think before they speak. We were waiting for detailed information from the Danes and Swedes. They have a lot of monitoring equipment in the area. So no one can, in theory, approach the pipelines without being detected.”
According to sources cited by the German newspaper Der Spiegel, the detonation was impossible without the involvement of divers or a submarine. The gas pipeline pipes, placed at a depth of about 100 meters, are particularly strong, made of a mixture of steel and reinforced concrete. It would have taken the equivalent of at least 100 kilograms of dynamite to break them open.
By a remarkable coincidence, the day after the explosions, Poland, Norway and Denmark inaugurated a strategic gas pipeline, which will allow Poles and Europeans to ensure their energy security and get rid of dependence on Russian gas.
Source: PROTV news
Publication date: 09-29-2022 08:15