European countries are investigating three mystery leaks into two major gas pipelines between Europe and Russia. The cause of the damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 is unclear. But the authorities have not ruled out sabotage. The operator of Nord Stream 1 said that the undersea lines have simultaneously sustained unprecedented damage in one day.
The pipelines have been flashpoints in the energy tussle between Europe and Moscow. No one knows the cause of the damage, but it will not immediately affect the supply of gas to Europe. The pipelines were also operational; the European Union has previously accused Russia of using a reduction in gas supplies to Europe. But Moscow denies all this. They also say sanctions against Russia make it possible to properly maintain the gas infrastructure.
The German media said that the authorities are not ruling out an attack on the undersea gas network. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, said that it was too early to come to a conclusion. But it was hard to imagine the multiple leaks and it could be a coincidence.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, said that he was extremely concerned about this incident. And the possibility of a deliberate attack could be ruled out.
Let us tell you that the North Stream 1 pipeline consists of two parallel branches. And it has not transported any gas since August, when Russia closed it down for maintenance.
- Which two pipelines got a mystery leak?
Ans. The gas pipeline between Russia and Europe
- Who is the Prime Minister of Denmark?
Ans. Mette Frederiksen
- Who is Dmitry Peskov?
Ans. Kremlin spokesperson