Sweden confirmed that there was sabotage in the Nord Stream gas pipelines after the discovery of remains of explosives

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The prosecutor in charge of the case, Mats Ljungqvist, noted that advanced analysis work continues “to draw more certain conclusions about the facts,” but that It is about a “very complex and extensive” investigation and that its evolution will determine “if any suspect can be pointed out”

Sweden confirmed that there was sabotage in the Nord Stream gas pipelines after the discovery of remains of explosives

FILE PHOTO: Gas leak in the Nord Stream 2 seen from the Danish F-16 interceptor on Bornholm, Denmark September 27, 2022. Danish Defense Command/Forsvaret Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

TheSwedish authorities confirmed this Friday the discovery of remains of explosives in the gas pipelines Russians Nord Stream 1 and 2, confirming that the incident suffered at the end of last September was an act of “serious sabotage”.

“In the on-site investigations in the Baltic Sea many objects were seized and the area is thoroughly documented. The analyzes carried out show traces of explosives in several of the objects found,” the Swedish Prosecutor's Office reported in a statement.

The prosecutor in charge of the case, Mats Ljungqvist , pointed out that the advanced analysis work continues “to draw more secure conclusions about the facts”, but that it is a “very complex and extensive” investigation and that its evolution will determine “if any suspects can be pointed out”.

“Collaboration with the Swedish authorities and other countries works excellently. In order to continue with the task and for that cooperation it is important to work calmly and calmly,” said Ljunqvist.

TheSwedish Prosecutor's Office It had already reported a month ago that suspicions of possible sabotage were reinforced after completing the inspection of the damaged pipes.

A total of two leaks were located in each gas pipeline (both out of service), two in the Danish area and two in the Swedish, all in international waters, which the affected governments soon described as “sabotage”

The Danish authorities also have an investigation open, while the company that operates the gas pipeline Nord Stream 1, controlled by the Russian giant Gazprom, sent a boat to the area at the end of October to survey the damage.

Danish and Swedish authorities had initially reported two leaks on Nord Stream 1 and another on Nord Stream 2, but the Nord Stream Coast Guard Swedenreported days later that of another minor leak in the second Russian gas pipeline.

The three main leaks were terminated in early October, when stable pressure was reached in the pipes, but the smaller one remained active for a few more days.

The discovery of the leaks caused the electric and gas sectors of Denmark The US and Sweden raised the alarm level about their facilities and the same did neighboring Norway, despite the fact that it has no coast in the Baltic, including a military presence

Neither of the two gas pipelines was in service when the accidents occurred.

The first interrupted supplies months ago, citing Moscow technical problems, while the second never came into operation, since the German government blocked it following Moscow's recognition of the self-proclaimed breakaway republics of Donbas in February.

Both the affected countries and the rest of the European Union (EU), United States and Russia speak of sabotage, although they differ as to the possible authorship.

Moscow has accused “Anglo-Saxon” countries of being behind it, alluding to the opposition to the project that Washington has maintained for years, while some Western countries have pointed in the opposite direction.

(With information from EFE)

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