Traces of explosives were found near the sites of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline explosions in the Baltic Sea, Sweden said Friday, noting that the incident is “gross sabotage.”
Gas leaks in each of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were discovered end of September from the infrastructure just outside Swedish and Danish territorial waters in the Baltic Sea.
An investigation launched by the Swedish authorities concluded that the leaks were the result of detonations, probably the result of “serious sabotage”.
Sweden, Denmark and Germany are also jointly investigating the incident of the gas pipelines built to transport Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea.
Nord Stream 2 was never put into service after Germany ended the certification process following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia, for its part, shut down Nord Stream 1 indefinitely in early September, citing an inability to repair gas turbines due to Western sanctions.
The investigation into the explosion is continuing, but Swedish prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist, who is leading the preliminary investigation, said the incident was “gross sabotage”, the Swedish public prosecutor’s office said today.
“Scans that have now been carried out show traces of explosives on several of the foreign objects that have been found,” Ljungqvist said, without giving further details of the ongoing investigation.
At the end of October, Russia accused the British Navy for being involved in the explosions that knocked out the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.
In response, the UK Ministry of Defense
that “to distract from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense resorts to peddling false claims of epic proportions”.
To detract from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defence is resorting to peddling false claims of an epic scale— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) October 29, 2022
This invented story, says more about arguments going on inside the Russian Government than it does about the west
Today Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Russia, commenting on the news from Sweden, that the fact that “data have already begun to arrive, in favor of the confirmation of a subversive act or a terrorist act… once again confirms the information available Russia”.
By Josh Owens for Oilprice.com
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