Helsinki – Investigators found traces of explosives at the site of two natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.Sweden’s prosecutor leading the initial investigation said Friday.
Mats Ljungqvist of the Swedish Prosecution Authority said investigators carefully documented the area where the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines burst in September, causing significant methane releases. Parallel submarine pipelines run from Russia to Germany.
Ljungqvist said in a statement, “The analysis carried out showed that traces of explosives were found on a number of foreign objects”.
The prosecuting authority said the initial investigation was “extremely complex and comprehensive” and further investigation would reveal whether anyone could be charged “on suspicion of the crime”.
Investigators from Sweden, Denmark and Germany are looking into what happened. Danish authorities confirmed in October that “heavy explosions” had caused extensive damage to the pipelines.
Lake, Joe, occurred in international waters but within the exclusive economic zone of Denmark and Sweden. Investigators have not indicated who they believe may be responsible, but it was previously reported that several hundred pounds of explosives were involved in the blasts.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that “it is very important to find those behind the blast.”
Peskov said that “Sweden’s conclusions about an act of sabotage or an act of terrorism — you can call it whatever you want” confirm the information that the Russian side has. He said Moscow would have to wait for a full assessment of the damage to decide whether to repair the pipelines.
Nord Stream 1 delivered Russian gas to Germany until Moscow cut off supplies in late August. Nord Stream 2 never entered service because Germany suspended its certification process shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
The governments of Denmark, Germany and Sweden have avoided speculating on who might be behind the sabotage, saying only that there is not yet enough evidence to identify the culprit.
“We have no information about the possible initiators of this act of sabotage,” German Chancellor Olaf Schulz’s spokesman Stefan Habstreit said at a regular official news conference in Berlin on Friday.
But some Nordic and other European media outlets have pointed the finger of blame at Moscow, with a host of military experts saying Russia has all the resources to carry out such a precision attack without careful pre-emption. Planning is required.
Fatah Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, said in late September that it was “very clear” who was responsible for the pipeline sabotage, suggesting Russia was involved.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of blowing up pipelines and accused the United States of profiting from attacks on Europe’s energy infrastructure.
Rebuking the Russian claims, US President Biden said in late September that “this was a deliberate act of sabotage, and the Russians are spreading misinformation and lies.”
Earlier this week, Germany marked the completion of port facilities for the first of five planned liquefied natural gas terminals that are scrambling to operate as it replaces the Russian pipeline gas that once supplied half of it. led to oversupply.