Fourth Leak Found On Nord Stream Pipelines

Based on the statements of a Coast Guard spokesperson on September 29, it appears the Swedish Coast Guard has now discovered a fourth gas leak on the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

The two main Russian underwater pipelines intended to transport natural gas to Germany were found to have three leaks: two in the Danish zone and one in the Swedish zone. The mysterious occurrences coincide with escalating hostilities between Europe and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

NATO and the European Union claimed that the leaks were the result of “sabotage” and promised to take decisive steps to safeguard vital European infrastructure, but they refrained from blaming Russia.

“There are two leaks on the Swedish side and two leaks on the Danish side,” the coast guard official told the media.

While the pipelines were not in use at the time of the blast, they contained gas that has been gushing out into the Baltic Sea since the breakages on September 26. Swedish police opened an inquiry into potential sabotage after seismic observers from Sweden and Denmark reported hearing large explosions nearby.

According to the official, the fourth leak was discovered on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, just a short distance from a bigger crack discovered on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Prices for natural gas have increased in Europe as a result of the incident.

CNN reported on September 29 that European security officials saw Russian Navy support ships in the area of the leaks early last week at a time that is thought to coincide with when the leaks may have started. The report was based on two Western intelligence officials and one other source with knowledge of the situation.

However, Russian ships are frequently spotted in the area, according to Danish officials, and Russia has angrily denied any involvement in the two accidents, labelling them “absurd and stupid.”

According to a statement made by the Russian Foreign Ministry on September 29, the leaks took place on grounds that are “fully under the control” of American intelligence services.

“It happened in the trade and economic zones of Denmark and Sweden. There are NATO-centric countries,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the pro-Kremlin Soloviev Live online broadcast. “They are countries that are completely controlled by the U.S. intelligence services.”

The UN Security Council will meet on September 30 to discuss the incident. 

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