Russia says sabotage in the Nord Stream system cannot be ruled out
On Tuesday, Germany said unprecedented leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines connecting Russia and Germany were most likely the result of sabotage.
On Tuesday, the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline systems experienced three leaks in one day, although neither pipeline was operational at the time. Damaged offshore pipelines run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
However, none of the pipelines were operational at the time of the damage. Nord Stream 1 has been running at just 20% capacity since July, and shut down completely at the end of August. Operators said international sanctions against Russia made service impossible.
Meanwhile, Nord Stream 2 was never officially commissioned because Germany refused to certify its completion last year. The project was completely halted just a few days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.
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Moscow officials say it’s too early to say sabotage was the cause of the leak, but have acknowledged it’s possible.
“No option can be ruled out right now,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.
However, Germany is reportedly much less hesitant, with officials considering sabotage to be almost the only likely cause of the leaks.
“We cannot imagine a scenario that would not be a targeted attack. Everything speaks against the coincidence,” a government official reportedly told the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Tony Blinken said “nobody is interested” in sabotaging the pipelines. The White House National Security Council also said the US would not “speculate on this case.”
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sympathized with Germany’s suspicions, telling reporters that, according to Insider, “it’s hard to imagine a reason other than sabotage.”
Landon Mion of Fox News contributed to this report.
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