the hypothesis of sabotage in the minds
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A series of mysterious leaks appeared on Monday, September 26, in the two Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines that supposedly supply Europe with Russian gas.
The Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which connects Russia with Germany, has been hit by two unexplained gas leaks into the Baltic Sea, Danish and Swedish authorities said. One of the leaks occurred in an area of Denmark, the other in Sweden. These incidents come a day after the announcement of another leak in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The latter, built in parallel to Nord Stream 1, was intended to double the capacity to import Russian gas into Germany. These two gas pipelines, majority owned by the Russian giant Gazprom, are at the center of tensions between Moscow and Europe in the context of the conflict in Ukraine.
This type of incident is very rare.
These two gas pipelines were out of service due to the war in Ukraine. The Russians had stopped deliveries via Nord Stream 1, citing technical problems, while Germany refused to start Nord Stream 2, in response to the invasion of Ukraine. But they were still full of gas. Therefore, security measures have been taken. Navigation and overflight of areas by aircraft are now prohibited.
Denmark has raised its level of vigilance over its infrastructure, stating that it was still ” Too soon to find out the causes of these very rare incidents. This Tuesday, together with her Norwegian and Polish colleagues, the Danish Prime Minister inaugurated the Baltic Pipe, a gas pipeline that will connect Poland with Norway.
Germans, Swedes and Danes favor the sabotage hypothesis. ” It was necessary to use submarines or a team of divers to carry out this operation, which was certainly prepared well in advance. says a sourceto the RFI correspondent in Berlin, Nathalie Versieux. A delicate investigation is underway to try to explain the sudden drop in pressure observed in the two gas pipelines.
Further price increase possible
The two gas pipelines, operational until Monday, remained under pressure. Methane leaks would be harmless to the fragile Baltic environment. But they could lead to a further rise in prices in markets, which were just beginning to stabilize.
The Kremlin said to itself on September 27 ” Extremely worried ” due to the leaks detected in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, considering that it was not necessary to exclude ” none hypothesis, including that of sabotage.