Gas leaks from the two Nord Streams, there is a suspicion of targeted attacks
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Gas leaks from the two Nord Streams, there is a suspicion of targeted attacks

The “Tagesspiegel” newspaper quotes German government sources, suggesting that the leaks are the result of “sabotage”. Denmark announces: high alert level on energy infrastructures

The gas leaks from the pipelines of the Russian Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines reported in recent days by the maritime authorities of Sweden and Denmark could be the result of “sabotage” conducted with submarines or submarine assault teams. The hypothesis is put forward by the German newspaper “Tagesspiegel”, which cites sources from the Berlin government. According to a spokesman for the Nord Stream management company, the pipelines have suffered “unprecedented” damage and it is “impossible to estimate when it can be restored”.

Gas leaks, the Danish government raises the alert – Nord Stream 1 has suspended supplies in recent weeks, while Nord Stream 2 has never entered into operation due to Western sanctions against Russia issued after the invasion of ‘ Ukraine. The technical problem found in the two infrastructures seems to be linked to holes in the pipes, with the consequent dispersion of gas in the waters of the Baltic, near Sweden and Denmark. Interviewed by the Swedish newspaper “Aftonbladet”, a spokesperson for the management company of Nord Stream Ag explained how the pipelines are still full of “stagnant gas” despite the fact that supplies have been suspended. The Danish government, as a result of the gas leaks from Nord Stream 1 and 2, has made it known that it has raised its alert level on energy infrastructures.

Holes in the pipes – The first signs of the presence of gas bubbles were recorded on Monday off the Danish island of Bornholm, where the heads of state and government of the Baltic region met in late August to launch joint projects of exploitation of offshore wind energy. Following the discovery of the leaks, authorities in Stockholm and Copenhagen prohibited the transit of ships in the area five nautical miles from where the gas bubbles would have formed. Even the planes in transit would have been ordered to fly at least a thousand meters above sea level to avoid risks. Specifically, two holes were discovered along the Nord Stream 1, about seven kilometers apart, at a point between the island of Bornholm and the city of Karlskrona, on the Swedish coast. The leak of Nord Stream 2 was instead detected southeast of Bornholm. There are about 70 kilometers as the crow flies between the hole found in Nord Stream 2 and those of the sister pipeline, as pointed out by Tobias Nicander, an official of the authority Swedish maritime.

“Tagesspiegel”: targeted attack, not a coincidence – The daily “Tagesspiegel” has suggested that behind the losses in the two pipelines there may be an attempted sabotage conducted by submarines or groups of assault divers. “Tagesspiel” quotes German government sources, although no official statements of this kind have yet arrived from Berlin and the company Nord Stream regarding the incidents. “We cannot imagine a scenario that does not involve a targeted attack. Everything suggests that this is not a coincidence,” said a source in the newspaper close to the German federal government. Now the competent authorities will inspect the damage on the spot and look for any evidence that can make understand the real causes of the two losses. According to the newspaper, the results should not be immediate, in particular due to the difficulties related to the need to carry out the inspection on the seabed. “We have informed the authorities and I can repeat that we are investigating the circumstances,” said the spokesman for Nord Stream Ag, the operator of the pipeline. It is not clear how much the gas leak could amount, but it would be large volumes, according to “Tagesspiegel”.

European Commission and EU Member States: The Kremlin uses gas as a weapon – The alleged attack on pipelines would be part of a context of strong tensions between European countries and Russia, which by interrupting supplies through Nord Stream 1 has caused a strong increase in the cost of gas on the continent. The European Commission and several governments of EU member states have talked about how the Kremlin is using “gas as a weapon” while “technical” justifications for the problems of Nord Stream 1 came from Moscow. due to the loss of gas in the Baltic Sea would be a new type of “attack” in the clash between the West and Russia, which has always been engaged in regional waters with submarine reconnaissance activities that often encroach on the exclusive areas of coastal countries, in particular Sweden.