Russia investigates ‘international terrorism’ Nord Stream leak

Russia’s security service opened an investigation into “international terrorism”, after the Nord Stream pipeline had many leak points, suspected of being sabotaged.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened an investigation into “international terrorism” after noting “deliberate acts of damaging gas pipelines near Bornholm island… significant economic harm to Moscow,” the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement on September 28.

Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines were discovered to have three gas leaks on September 26, near the Danish island of Bornholm. Images taken by the Danish military show clouds of air with a diameter of 200-1,000 meters rising to the surface, in the exclusive economic zones of this country and Sweden.

Nord Stream pipeline suspected of being planted with explosives

A large gas bubble emerged from the leak of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in Danish waters. Video: Guardian.

Germany, Denmark and Sweden all identified the two damaged pipelines as intentional sabotage, but did not say they suspected which side was behind. Swedish authorities said they detected two underwater explosions before Nord Stream 1 leaked.

Russia on September 28 called the accusations that it was behind the Nord Stream pipeline leak as “silly”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the leak was a big problem for Russia, and urged people to “think before making statements” and wait for the results of the investigation.

The United Nations Security Council will meet on the Nord Stream pipeline leak on September 30, at the request of Russia, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said. Deputy Ambassador of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy said the meeting took place at 3pm (2am on October 1, Hanoi time).





A facility on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline system in Lubmin, Germany on August 30.  Photo: Reuters.

A facility on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline system in Lubmin, Germany on August 30. Image: Reuters.

Nord Stream 1 and 2 have recently become the focus of geopolitical tensions, with Europe accusing Russia of cutting off gas supplies to weaponize energy, and Moscow saying Western sanctions make it impossible to meet supply security.

Nord Stream 1 is the largest gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, consisting of two parallel pipelines with a capacity of 27.5 billion m3 per year on each side. The pipeline stopped working completely in early September, when the Russian corporation Gazprom could not reopen after maintenance because of technical problems.

Nord Stream 2 completed by the end of 2021, located almost parallel to Nord Stream 1, will help double the gas supply from Russia to Germany to 110 billion m3 per year. Berlin indefinitely postponed the grant of permits for Nord Stream 2 on February 22, two days before Russia started military campaign in Ukraine.





Leak location on Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines. Graphics: DW.

Leak location on Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines. Graphics: DW.

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