- The Swedish Coast Guard has discovered the fourth gas leak in the Nord Stream gas pipelines
The climate effects on the European Union mainland are still unknown and yet could be dangerous in days to come.
Nord Stream 2 was supposed to double the volume of gas transported from Russia to Germany.
Its commissioning was prevented by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz shortly before Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February.
According to both the EU and European politicians, deliberate attacks are behind the damage to the pipelines.
However, it is not yet clear what exactly caused the damage.
Russia denies being responsible for the damage and mentions the United States.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariya Zakharova said today, the leaks took place in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark and Sweden, which she said fell under the control of U.S. intelligence services.
“As for what happened… there are reports that these were supposedly neutral waters.
But these are the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden, countries very tied to NATO, which are full of American weapons and are fully under the control of the American secret services,” Zakharova said on the show of the well-known pro-Kremlin presenter Vladimir Solovyov.
Reports of new problems with gas pipelines from Russia to Germany began to emerge on Monday.
Danish authorities first announced a leak from the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, then Sweden on Tuesday warned of two leaks from Nord Stream 1.
Scandinavian seismologists reported that on Monday they noticed explosions at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, one weaker and the other stronger.
The explosions have been confirmed by seismologists in Denmark, Finland and Norway.
Gas is leaking in large quantities at various locations near the Danish island of Bornholm, according to the Associated Press, with two sites near Denmark and two near Sweden.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen also said the leaks in the pipelines were the result of “deliberate action.”
Danish Energy Minister Dan Jörgensen added that the size of the holes in the damaged pipelines, which are 70 to 80 meters below sea level, is such that they could not have been caused by a ship’s anchor, for example.
Nord Stream 1 runs from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea and is the main route for the supply of Russian gas to the European Union.
However, Russia recently stopped deliveries through this pipeline, citing technical problems.