Mystery leaks in gas pipelines between Russia and Europe - London News

London, Sep 27 (IANS) European countries are investigating three mystery leaks in two major gas pipelines between Russia and Europe, a media report said.

by IANS | Updated Sep 27, 2022

Mystery leaks in gas pipelines between Russia and Europe - London News

The cause of the damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 is unclear, but authorities have not ruled out sabotage.

The operator of Nord Stream 1 said the undersea lines had simultaneously sustained "unprecedented" damage in one day, the BBC reported.

Both pipelines have been flashpoints in the energy tussle between Moscow and Europe.

Whatever the cause of the damage, it won't immediately affect the supply of gas to Europe as neither pipeline was operational.

The European Union has previously accused Russia of using a reduction in gas supplies to blackmail Europe, but Moscow denies this. It says sanctions against Russia make it impossible to properly maintain the gas infrastructure.

Unconfirmed reports in German media said authorities are not ruling out an attack on the undersea gas network, the British broadcaster reported.

Denmark's Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, said it was too early to come to conclusions, but that it was hard to imagine the multiple leaks could be a coincidence.

A Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said he was "extremely concerned" about the incident, and the possibility of a deliberate attack could not be ruled out.

The Nord Stream 1 pipeline - which consists of two parallel branches - has not transported any gas since August when Russia closed it down for maintenance.

It stretches 1,200 km under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast near St Petersburg to north-eastern Germany. Its twin Russian-owned pipeline, Nord Stream 2, was halted after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

Although neither pipelines are in operation, they both still contain gas.

German, Danish and Swedish authorities are all investigating the incidents.

The operators of Nord Stream 2 warned of a loss of pressure in the pipeline on Monday afternoon. That led to a warning from Danish authorities that ships should avoid the area near the island of Bornholm.

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