NATO called the damage to the Nord Streams a sabotage
The press service of the North Atlantic Alliance has published a special statement on the situation with the gas pipelines of the Nord Stream system. It says that the position of the block is shared by the invited members of the alliance
Damage of Nord Stream 1 gas pipelines and Nord Stream 2 are a deliberate sabotage, according to NATO. This is stated in a press release published on the website of the North Atlantic Alliance.
“All currently available information indicates that this is the result of deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage. These leaks pose risks to shipping and cause significant damage to the environment. We support ongoing investigations aimed at establishing the origin of the damage,— the message says.
“Any deliberate attack on critical Allied infrastructure will be met with a unified and decisive response,”— NATO assured.
About the unprecedented destruction on two gas pipelines of the company «daughter» “Gazprom” Nord Stream AG said Tuesday morning, September 27th. “The destruction that occurred on the same day simultaneously on three strings of the offshore gas pipelines of the Nord Stream system is unprecedented,” the company said in a statement. The pressure dropped sharply in branch A of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and in both lines of Nord Stream 1.
Seismologists in Denmark and Sweden recorded powerful explosions in areas where there were leaks from the Nord Stream gas pipeline. The Swedish Coast Guard on the morning of September 29 reported that a fourth leak had been discovered on gas pipelines, with two of the four leaks occurring in the exclusive economic zone of this country.
Russia intends to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the “provocations” in relation to the Nord Stream 1 gas pipelines; and Nord Stream 2.
German security authorities launched an investigation. According to Der Tagesspiegel sources, two main versions are being considered— that it could have been an operation by Ukrainian forces or a Russian operation carried out under a “false flag”.
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The Kremlin called the assumptions about Russia's involvement in the accidents “predictably stupid.” Both lines of Nord Stream 2 filled with gas, all systems are ready for pumping, and this gas is very expensive. <…> And now this gas is escaping into the air, — said the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. At the same time, the Kremlin did not make any specific accusations, stating that a thorough investigation is needed.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the accidents on gas pipelines occurred in an area controlled by US intelligence agencies. According to her, Sweden and Denmark, in whose special economic zones the accidents occurred, are “stuffed with American weapons”; and the situation there is “totally controlled by American intelligence agencies.”
However, she did not directly blame the United States. “Here we are not talking about the readiness [to accuse], here we are talking about the beginning of a big job,” Zakharova noted.