Sweden has sent a “state-of-the-art ship” to the Baltic Sea region, where natural gas has been leaking for several days due to damage to an underwater pipeline. The Swedish Navy gave this information on Monday.
Sweden has sent a “state-of-the-art ship” to the Baltic Sea region, where natural gas has been leaking for several days due to damage to an underwater pipeline. The Swedish Navy gave this information on Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused Western countries of damaging a Russian-made natural gas pipeline from the Baltic Sea to Germany. However, the US and its allies have vehemently denied the allegation and said that Russia has been blackmailing Europe by cutting gas supplies for months.
Last week, an undersea explosion damaged Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines off the coast of southern Sweden and Denmark and caused massive methane gas leaks. The governments of Denmark and Sweden claimed that hundreds of pounds of explosives were used for this. The leak has occurred in international waters. Swedish Navy spokesman Captain Jimmy Adamson told the Associated Press that the ship had been sent to the leak off the Swedish coast and was supporting the Swedish Coast Guard, which is in charge of the task.
However, it is not clear whether a diver or a submarine or something else can go under the sea. The Coast Guard said it was at the scene with one of its ships ‘KBV 003 Amphitrite’ and was monitoring maritime traffic in the area. It said inclement weather could complicate the situation in the region. Danish officials said over the weekend that a leak in the Nord Street 1 and 2 natural gas pipeline had stopped.
Sweden’s Coast Guard, however, said one of its aircraft reported that a small leak in Nord Stream 2 had now resurfaced, measuring about 30 meters in diameter, and that it would take “some time” to recover. The Coast Guard, however, did not explain why the leak escalated. At the same time, the leakage in Nord Stream 1 has stopped. The Prosecuting Authority of Sweden and the Security Service of Sweden are investigating, while the Copenhagen Police is in charge of the investigation in Denmark.
A joint international investigation team has also been formed from Denmark, Germany and Sweden. The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Friday over the pipeline attacks and Norwegian researchers published a map predicting that a huge plume of methane from damaged pipelines would flow to large areas of the Nordic region. Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksson said on Monday that “authoritarian forces are tightening their grip and the international community is in turmoil.” We experienced this horrific last week with leaks on Nord Streams 1 and 2. This is surprising and worrying.
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