Sweden’s head of diplomacy, Ann Linde, said in a press conference Wednesday that the Council has asked Sweden and Denmark to provide UNSC members with information on a gas leak from damaged gas pipelines in Swedish and Danish territorial waters.
On Monday, the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines from Russia to Germany were interrupted at three locations near the Danish island of Bornholm. Danish authorities said the cause was deliberate action, and explosions had occurred near the pipelines.
According to experts, damage to the Nord Stream pipelines at a depth of 70 m is a difficult and complex operation, therefore it should be assumed that the state and competent military forces are behind it, and the perpetrator of the sabotage is Russia, which has all the capabilities to carry out such an attack. However, the Kremlin spokesman called these theses “stupid things”.
Nord Stream 1 pipeline after recent explosions it will probably not be able to transport gas anymore, reports the German “Tagesspiegel”. The gas could possibly still flow through Nord Stream 2, but this pipe has never been put into operation yet.
The Swedish Security Service (Säkerhetspolisen) announced that investigating mysterious explosions. “It cannot be ruled out that foreign countries are behind all this” – emphasizes the service in a rather laconic press release. Swedish special services took over the investigation from the police on Wednesday.