The Nord Stream explosions were acts of sabotage with explosives

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researchNord Stream sabotage: “explosive residues found in alien objects”

An investigation concludes that the damage was caused by sabotage. Russia has cut power several times in the past to put areas under pressure.

According to the Swedish authorities, the leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines were caused by sabotage.

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  • A Swedish investigation found “explosive traces on foreign objects” near the damaged pipes.

  • Moscow accused Britain of coordinating the explosions.

  • Meanwhile, the Kremlin has a history of sabotaging pipelines.

The researchers have in Damaged Nord Stream pipelines Evidence of sabotage found. As the Reuters news agency writes, citing Swedish chief prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist, “explosive residues were found in various foreign objects” at the site. There is currently no further information about the nature of the objects and their possible origin; According to Swedish authorities, an ongoing investigation will now take a closer look at whether there are possible suspects.

As early as October, an investigation commissioned by Denmark concluded that the leaks in the two oil pipelines caused by powerful explosions had been. After a total of four detonations, huge amounts of gas escaped from the pipelines for weeks; in total there must have been more than 400,000 tons of methane. The leaks were partly in the Danish and partly in the Swedish economic zone, which is why both countries investigated the incident.

Moscow blames Britain

For sabotaging the Pipelines carrying Russian gas leading to Germany and supplying the European energy market, Russia was quick to blame the British government after the incident. The explosions were “controlled and coordinated” by Britain. But the Kremlin would also have a vested interest in further destabilizing the already precarious energy situation in Europe and thereby undermining support for Ukraine. The above examples show that Russia is perfectly capable of doing this.

In January 2006, for example, there were two explosions on the Mozdok-Tbilisi gas pipeline in Georgia, as a result of which gas transportation stopped for a long time. The act of sabotage was accompanied by the cutting of power lines, leaving much of Georgia in the dark, and took place at a time when the weather in Georgia was particularly cold. In August 2008, just before the outbreak of the Caucasian War, in which Russian-backed separatists tried to annex Georgia to Russia, another oil pipeline explosion occurred in eastern Turkey. According to US intelligence, the Explosion caused by software manipulation by Russian special forces.

Kremlin has experience in sabotaging oil pipelines

Meanwhile, Turkmenistan accused Russia in 2009 of intentionally damaging a pipeline carrying Turkmen gas to Russia. At that time, Europe’s gas demand dropped, which meant that Russia was no longer reliant on buying Turkmen gas to resell to EU countries. According to Turkmen officials, Russia triggered the so-called “vacuum bomb” at that time. The flow of gas is deliberately stopped without warning, which can cause extensive damage to the pipeline.

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