It’s a deliberate action. There were several explosions – said the Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen about the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipeline at the evening press conference. The Prime Minister of Sweden, Magdalena Andersson, confirmed the two outbursts previously indicated by SNSN’s Björn Lund.
The conference in Copenhagen was also attended by the Danish Defense Minister Morten Bødskov, the Chief of Diplomacy Jeppe Kofod and the Minister of Energy Dan Jørgensen.
The damage could not have been caused by an accident, but by an explosion Jørgensen declared. He added that it was damaged the lines of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines lie at a depth of 70-80 meters and are surrounded by a thick layer of steel and concrete.
The Danish prime minister added that at the moment it is not possible to indicate who is behind this action.
The Prime Minister of Sweden, Magdalena Andersson, also spoke at the conference about sabotage. It announced two detonations: one in the Swedish economic zone and the other in the Danish zone.
“These are international waters, the attack was not aimed at Sweden,” she emphasized.
She stated that she is in constant contact with the authorities of Denmark, Germany and NATO, but not with Russia, which is a co-owner of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines.
Björn Lund, a seismologist from Uppsala University, is convinced that the gas leakage occurred as a result of the explosion. “I’m sure the gas leak from the Nord Stream pipelines was not caused by an earthquake, it was an explosion in water equivalent to an explosion of 100-200 kg of dynamite“- he said in an interview with the newspaper” Expressen “.
“Everything indicates that it was an underwater explosion at or near the seabed” – he emphasized.
Meanwhile, the German weekly “Spiegel” writes, citing its own findings, that the American intelligence agency Already this summer, the CIA warned the government in Berlin about possible attacks on gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.
The Swedish National Seismology Network (SNSN) has reportedthat it recorded two strong underwater explosions on Monday in areas where a leak was found from Nord Stream 1 and 2. One of the blasts was a magnitude 2.3 and was recorded at 30 measuring stations in southern Sweden.
According to scientists, the first explosion was recorded on the night of Sunday to Monday at 2:03 a.m. and the second one on Monday evening at 19:04.
The Danish Armed Forces have published a video showing gas bubbles on the sea surface, where the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline runs along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The bubbles are visible on the surface a kilometer in diameter, the bubbles themselves are about 100 meters in diameter.
Nord Stream AG confirmed the leak on Tuesday which “assumes the physical destruction of the pipe”. The communication announced the start of the damage assessment process and stressed that “it is currently not possible to estimate the time frame needed to rebuild the transmission infrastructure”. “The causes of the incident will be clarified as a result of the investigation” – added.