As we have already mentioned recently, the gas pipeline for transporting natural gas across the Baltic Sea, known as the Nord Stream, has come under “attack”. Sweden initially detected two underwater explosions, “most likely due to detonations”, close to where leaks were detected in pipelines transporting Russian gas to Europe.
With the detection of a fourth leak, NATO threatens to intervene.
Sweden detects new leak in Nord Stream pipeline
NATO member countries today expressed deep concern about the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea and warned that “any deliberate attack against critical Allied infrastructure” will merit a “united and determined response”.
It should be recalled that the Danish and Swedish authorities detected leaks in the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which Russia closed at the beginning of September, and in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which was never put into operation due to the lack of authorization from Germany, following the invasion Russian from Ukraine.
Despite not being operational, the two pipelines were full of gas. More recently Sweden detected and reported a fourth leak.
In a statement released in Brussels, the North Atlantic Council, the main political decision-making body of the NATO organization, begins by pointing out that “the damage caused to gas pipelines in international waters in the Baltic Sea is a matter of deep concern” and underlines that “the entire information currently available indicates that they are the result of deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage.
The leaks are causing significant tidal waves on the water surface, spanning several hundred meters, making immediate inspection of structures impossible, officials said.
Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the European Union (EU) and NATO allege that the Nord Stream leaks were caused by an “intentional act” and “sabotage”.
The first Nord Stream, capable of pumping 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year, was stopped after Russia alleged an oil leak at the only Russian compressor station still in operation.
Nord Stream 2, on the other hand, never came into operation due to the blockade of infrastructure by Berlin, even before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.
Source: Pplware by pplware.sapo.pt.
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