Stockholm, Sep 29 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Sep 29, 2022): A fourth leak has been detected in undersea gas pipelines linking Russia to Europe, the Swedish Coast Guard said on Thursday, after explosions reported earlier this week in what NATO called “reckless” sabotage.
The Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines connect Russia to Germany and have been at the center of geopolitical tensions as Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe in alleged retaliation for Western sanctions following the invasion of Europe. Ukraine via Moscow.
The Swedish Coastguard confirmed on Thursday that there had been a total of four leaks on the pipeline in the Baltic Sea, two on the Swedish side and two on the Danish side. Three leaks had already been reported.
Although the pipelines – operated by a consortium majority-owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom – are not currently in service, they both still contained gas.
On Thursday, NATO said the damage was “the result of deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage”.
“These leaks pose significant navigational risks and environmental damage,” the Western military alliance said in a statement.
Russia has denied being behind the blasts – as has the US, saying Moscow’s suggestion it would damage the pipeline was “ridiculous”.
Russia’s security service has launched an “international terrorism” investigation into the gas leaks, saying the damage caused “significant economic damage to the Russian Federation”.
He said on Thursday he suspected a foreign state was behind the leaks.
The UN Security Council will meet on Friday to discuss the issue.