A Swedish newspaper published for the first time underwater images of damage to gas pipelines North Stream 1 Y twowhile the preliminary investigations of Denmark confirmed this Tuesday that the destruction of the pipes was caused by “powerful explosions”.
the swedish newspaper expressen published a video and some photos that, according to the media, show one of the Nord Stream 1 pipestaken at a depth of 80 meters by underwater drones from the Norwegian company Blueye Robotics.
expressen ensures that at the point investigated about 50 meters of pipe missing and that the duct ends are twisted and torn as if they had been subjected to extreme force.
Also, the seabed appears to be cracked around the point where one of the four leaks was detected By the end of September.
Swedish security services said this month they had seized material at the site after completing their analysis.. It was unclear how Swedish authorities’ investigation of the crime scene might have altered the area, according to expressen.
The video is published when Denmark confirmed that “significant damage” has been recorded in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Seaoff the Danish coast, and that its cause was “powerful explosions”.
The Copenhagen Police referred this Tuesday in a statement to the investigations carried out in the “crime scenes” in the Baltic Sea, in cooperation with the Army and the country’s security and intelligence agency (PET).
The Intelligence agency and the police have decided to create a joint research group who will be in charge of continuing the investigations into the incidents, but they warned that “it (is) not possible to say when an investigation can be expected to be completed.” The group will cooperate with other countries involved, such as Norway and Germany.
“This is very serious and, in no case, is it a coincidence. It not only seems planned, but very well planned”said the defense minister of Denmark, Morten Bodskovto the television TV2.
The Swedish and Danish authorities started from the outset from the hypothesis of sabotage and, like the rest of Western countries, They suspect Russian authorship.
This Tuesday, after the Danish statement, the Kremlin said it is “absurd” to try to blame Russia and reiterated that the data from the Russian secret services points in another direction entirely, insisting on his narrative that the biggest beneficiaries of the sabotage would be USA Y Ukraine.
The four leaks occurred in international waters, but in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark Y Sweden. The damaged Nord Stream pipelines They released huge amounts of methane for several daysa powerful greenhouse gas, into the air.
The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were not operational at the time of the damagesince the Russian company Gazprom it had stopped supplying gas through the first at the beginning of September, after reducing the flow throughout the summer, and the second had not yet come into operation.
(With information from EFE and AP)