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Sweden Confirms Sabotage Caused Nord Stream Pipeline Leaks

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The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines have been shrouded in political tensions since the Kremlin sent troops to Ukraine in February. | Image by AFP

More than a month after Swedish domestic security began investigating the leaks from two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, that agency determined gross sabotage caused the late September explosions on the line.

Less than a week after the Nord Streams 1 and 2 pipeline explosions, evidence seized by Swedish Security Services during their preliminary investigation into the blasts confirmed Western suspicions that the damage was caused by sabotage, The Dallas Express reported.

The detonations are the subject of an investigation led by chamber prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist, who described the incident as “serious sabotage.”

“Analyses that have now been carried out show traces of explosives on several of the foreign objects that were found,” Ljungqvist said. “The advanced analysis work continues to be able to draw safer conclusions about the incident.”

The gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea have caused a rift between NATO and the Kremlin as the U.S. and its allies remain locked in conflict over Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, The Dallas Express reported.

All eyes are on the West and Russia as potentially having various motives for sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines. Germany shut down Nord Stream 2 before Russia invaded Ukraine in February, and in October, Moscow shut down Nord Stream 1 due to Western sanctions.

A joint investigation team led by the Norwegian police intelligence service and the Norwegian armed forces was formed by Copenhagen police to look into the incident, according to ABC News.

Officials from Denmark refused to provide any further details about the investigation into the gas leaks, stating that it was impossible to predict when it could be expected to be finished.

Initially, after the leaks were discovered, Former CIA Director John Brennan said Moscow was the “most likely suspect.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied the claim and charged that the United Kingdom had sabotaged the pipelines Russia built. Of course, the U.S. and its allies vehemently refuted the allegation, according to ABC News.

Germany revealed last week that it had also started looking into the pipeline damage. Germany’s previous head of intelligence said “only Russia” could have been accountable for the pipeline sabotage at the time.

Other experts agreed in October that Russia was the most likely culprit. Russian ships and subs were spotted in the area at the time, Business Insider reported.

U.S. President Joe Biden referred to the pipeline damage as a “deliberate act of sabotage” and vowed to cooperate with allies to determine what exactly occurred.

On September 26, the Nord Stream 1 control center’s dispatchers noticed a decrease in pressure on both gas pipeline strings. The firm that runs the pipelines claimed that pressure in both of them was stabilized on October 3, ABC News reported.

While the Kremlin blamed Kyiv for the situation and its refusal to negotiate peace, the U.N. warned that a worsening humanitarian crisis is on the horizon for Ukraine. The Kremlin’s launching of missile attacks—after evacuating civilians—threatens to make major Ukrainian cities uninhabitable, NBC News reported.

In the midst of the country’s first snowfall of the season, Russia launched more missiles at Ukrainian cities. The bombings damaged power plants and cut off electricity and water to millions of people in Ukraine.

As engineers raced to restore power to various areas, authorities in some regions ordered forced blackouts, according to NBC News.

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Don M
Don M
2 months ago

All gobbledegook. They’ve known who blew up the pipelines from the beginning. There is no part of the industrialized world that is not under constant satellite surveillance.
My guess it was done by either the US or some party acting under its direction.

Rex Cumming
Rex Cumming
Reply to  Don M
2 months ago

Interesting. You call this article “gobbledgook” and yet it’s based on satellite surveillance and feedback from current detailed results stemming from months of research. The only group that stands to gain by a crippled Nord 1 and 2 is Russia. It drove up prices and is causing panic with US Allies. You then go on to “guess” it was done by the US or its allies.;. LOL that’s humorous.

Knobodi Nose
Knobodi Nose
Reply to  Rex Cumming
2 months ago

why would Russia cut off one off 2 of it’s main supplies of money. But let’s be kind to each other. You remind me of Einstein

Brandon
Brandon
Reply to  Don M
2 months ago

I dont think the us or allies had anything to do with it. Russia will kill its own to leverage a charge that someone else did it. Russia isnt any better than 💩. To be honest the rest of the world should tell Russia that the next missle to land on civilian targets will result in 10 being fired into Russia’s major cities. Dare them to start launching nukes. The rest of their military operation has gone so well.

January 1, 2022 Russia had the second best military in the world. By the start of June it had the second best military in Ukraine.

Janet
Janet
Reply to  Brandon
2 months ago

Because the GENOCIDE of the Ukrainian people for embarrassing “Putin the Punk” on the battlefield is more important to him.

Lay Monk Jeffery
Lay Monk Jeffery
2 months ago

I think everyone figured this out from the beginning. The things that are taking place do not seem to be out of the ordinary or a surprise. I guess “they” think everyone is ignorant or something.
Take the blinders off folks!
Sadly, whatever we know and no matter how obvious, it will continue to get fed to the people as something else and “they” could care less if it is accepted or not.

I find it’s quite silly and nonsense when everyone knows it was intentional.
The truth is, all the people want is just the truth. Maybe instead of bickering about a word to some up an article we should pray for the lives on the receiving end of that pipeline that will be dealing with extreme temperatures without sufficient ways to stay warm.

Remember, we are posting on the event written and not another man’s opinion. This is America and we have that freedom still to do so so let every man/woman speak what they believe without kicking them!

RiverKing
RiverKing
2 months ago

My thinking is that “[F]ormer CIA Director John Brennan [saying that] Moscow was the “most likely suspect.” pretty much clears Russia even though my first inclination was to blame Moscow.

kevin
kevin
2 months ago

No one I’ve heard from so far has mentioned the destinct probability that Ukraine sabotaged the Nordstream 2 pipeline. Afterall, it’s Ukraine that is under attack by Russia, and needs to cut off money supply to Russia.