Seismologists from Sweden’s National Seismology Center detected “powerful blasts” in the area not long before the “unprecedented” leaks were reported.
The governments of both Denmark and Sweden strongly believe that “unprecedented” damage to both Nord Stream pipelines was the result of a “deliberate act” of sabotage. Not long after a leak was first reported to be affecting the idle Nord Stream 2 pipeline on Tuesday morning, the Swedish government announced that two leaks had been detected on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The Danish Energy Agency expects the leaks from the pipelines, both full of gas, to last “at least a week.”
Deliberate sabotage was expected not long after the leaks were detected on Monday. Germany — who is the primary recipient of Russian-exported fuel via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline — announced that sabotage was expected not long after the leaks. Nord Stream 1 had been operating at 20% capacity since July, and it was recently shut off entirely as a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and subsequent E.U. sanctions on Russian energy.
Nord stream 2 was never completed, and the project was halted altogether just days before the Russian invasion.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and her Swedish counterpart Magdalena Andersson later confirmed that the damage was “deliberate” and not accidental in nature. Frederiksen told reporters that there was “no information yet to indicate who may be behind this action.”
When asked if the actions constituted an attack, Frederiksen said no, as the pipelines officially lay in international waters.
In addition, Swedish Prime Minister told reporters that intelligence from Sweden neighboring Denmark pointed in the same direction. “We have Swedish intelligence, but we have also received information in our contacts with Denmark, and based on this concluded that this is probably a deliberate act. It is probably a matter of sabotage,” Andersson said. more