Investigations have confirmed it: It was sabotage.
The leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines can be traced back to serious sabotage. The Swedish prosecutor’s office came to this conclusion after investigating the explosion sites in the Baltic Sea.
Analyzes showed traces of explosives in several foreign objects that were discovered, prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist, who was entrusted with preliminary investigations, said on Friday. Advanced work and analysis would continue to draw firmer conclusions about the incident.
The flight over the leak sites shows: Gas pipelines to Europe are broken(00:56)
Who is behind the sabotage?
It is not yet clear who is behind the act of sabotage. The “world” writes that satellite images show how two ships were just before the explosions in the exact places of the leaks. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) was turned off on both ships. This has been a strict regulation for boats of this size since 2004.
At the end of September, following the explosions near the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, a total of four leaks were discovered in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, two of them in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden. Days after the leaks were discovered, the detonations were suspected to have been deliberate. Russia denies responsibility for the sabotage. (SDA)