Sabotage of gas pipelines not excluded

Nafter damaging the Nord Stream gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea, authorities in Germany and Denmark continue to look for the cause. The Danish Navy and German specialists were trying to find out, the German Press Agency learned from security circles on Tuesday morning. The cause of the incidents has not yet been clarified. However, there is a lot to be said for sabotage. If it were an attack, given the technical complexity, only a state actor would actually come into question.

Poland does not rule out that the leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines discovered by Danish authorities are due to a Russian provocation. The country is in a situation of high international tension, said Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz on Tuesday in Warsaw. “Unfortunately, our eastern neighbor is constantly pursuing an aggressive policy. If he is capable of an aggressive military policy in Ukraine, it is obvious that provocations cannot be ruled out, even in the sectors that are in Western Europe.”

Russia does not rule out sabotage

Also Russia does not exclude sabotage or other reasons. “Now no variant can be ruled out,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday when asked whether sabotage could be the reason for the drop in pressure.

On the night of Monday, a sharp drop in pressure was initially detected in one of the two tubes of the unused Nord Stream 2 pipeline. On Monday evening, the operator then also reported a pressure drop in both tubes of Nord Stream 1.

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Because of the leaks, the responsible Danish shipping authority has set up restricted zones for shipping near the Danish island of Bornholm. Danish authorities have discovered a total of three leaks in the gas pipelines. The Danish energy authority announced on Tuesday that there was talk of two leaks on Nord Stream 1 northeast of the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm and one on Nord Stream 2 southeast of the island. In the case of Nord Stream 1, one leak is in Danish waters and the other in Swedish waters. The Nord Stream 2 leak is in Danish waters.

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