Sweden probes Nord stream pipelines leak after a mysterious blast.
In order to investigate an event that has raised fresh concerns about Europe’s energy crisis, Sweden dispatched a diving vessel to the location of Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea that burst last week after blasts in the area.
Three Nord Stream pipelines allegedly burst in an act of suspected sabotage between Swedish and Danish waters. Moscow promptly attempted to blame the West, claiming the United States stood to gain. Europe is now looking into the incident.
On Monday, the Kremlin repeated its claims that the West was to blame for the ruptures, saying that as a result, the United States was able to boost sales and prices of its liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Washington vehemently denies being involved. Despite suspicions of sabotage, European nations have remained silent about potential perpetrators.
The final undamaged pipeline in the Nord Stream 2 network, which is controlled by the Kremlin, might have its flows resumed, according to Gazprom, a statement that is likely to be disregarded given that Europe blocked Nord Stream 2 just before Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Strengthening of security
As a result of the Nord Stream ruptures, European countries have begun to improve security and monitoring around key infrastructure that may be attacked.
Norway, a major oil and gas exporter and Europe’s primary gas supply, said that soldiers had been sent to secure major onshore oil and gas processing facilities.
According to a source who spoke to Reuters, Italy has increased monitoring and controls over underwater energy and communications cables.
The focus has also shifted to the security of other gas supply lines.