December 3, 2022

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Denmark, Germany and Poland warn of ‘sabotage’ after Nord Stream leaks

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Suspicious leaks in two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea are probably the result of sabotage, officials in Denmark, Germany and Poland have warned, heightening concerns over the vulnerability of Europe’s energy infrastructure.

Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen said sabotage could not be ruled out as the cause of leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which have been at the centre of the energy conflict between Russia and Europe.

“It is too early to conclude yet, but it is an extraordinary situation,” she said. “There are three leaks and therefore it is difficult to imagine that it could be accidental.”

She later said there was no increased military threat to her country. “These are deliberate actions, not an accident,” she added.

German officials expressed concern that the sudden loss of pressure in both pipelines could be the result of a “targeted attack”. They added that Russia’s involvement could “not be excluded”, but said Germany was not involved in the investigation being run by Denmark and Sweden.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and secretary of state Antony Blinken spoke with their Danish counterparts on Tuesday about the suspicious leaks of the pipelines, which Sullivan described as “apparent sabotage”.

“The US is supporting efforts to investigate and we will continue our work to safeguard Europe’s energy security,” Sullivan later wrote on Twitter.

Ned Price, US state department spokesperson, also described the attacks as “apparent sabotage” in a statement late on Tuesday.

Price said Blinken spoke with Denmark’s foreign minister Jeppe Kofod, adding: “The United States remains united with our allies and partners in our commitment to promoting European energy security.”

The leaks come as Russian gas supplies to Europe have dwindled as part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to deter support for Ukraine. The leaks, which will not directly affect Russian gas flows because the…

2022-09-27 22:14:02

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