Damage to Nord Stream, NATO: “It is sabotage, we will react”

Damage to Nord Stream, NATO: “It is sabotage, we will react”

NATO has made it known through a note that it is “ready to support the investigations of the allies” on the damage to the plants of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines. “We will react to defend ourselves from the coercive use of energy”

According to NATO, the 4 leaks in the pipes of the Russian gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 are “the result of sabotage operations” carried out by Moscow itself. In a press release, the Alliance promises “reactions in case of coercive use of energy”.

The discovery of leaks in Russian gas pipelines is further complicating the international scenario. The breakdowns caused at least three explosions near the island of Bornholm and the Swedish and Danish authorities have called an emergency meeting on the matter. The idea is that the pipeline may have been voluntarily sabotaged with the help of submarines.

For the time being, the international community has shyly pointed the finger at Moscow itself as the Kremlin has vehemently rejected the allegations. “It would be stupid and absurd of us” commented Vladimir Putin’s entourage in this regard.

For its part, Russia has promised “an independent investigation” to understand what may have happened. “Joe Biden needs to clarify whether or not the US is behind the damage to Nord Stream” underlined the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

The response of NATO, as expected, was not long in coming. After the White House denied involvement in the damage to the gas transfer pipes, the Alliance said in a statement “that it is ready to support the ongoing investigation of the allies to determine the source of the damage”.

“The damage to the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in the international waters of the Baltic Sea is of deep concern,” the statement reads. “All the information currently available indicates that this is the result of deliberate, reckless and irresponsible sabotage. losses cause trade risks and substantial environmental damage. We support the investigations of the allies and are committed to defending our rights by discouraging the coercive use of energy. Any attack will be met with a single and firm response. “