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Did Putin Explode the Natural Gas Line?

It is suspected that the leak in the Russian gas lines in the Baltic Sea occurred as a result of the Russian attack. It was announced by Sweden that there were two separate explosions near the line. The Danish and Swedish Prime Ministers said that the explosions on the gas pipeline were caused by a deliberate action. There were also reports that a special underwater assault team affiliated with Russian President Putin detonated the line with a bomb. Russia’s statement that it was also suspicious of sabotage complicated the issue. The explosions in the pipeline had a magnitude of 2.3 on the Richter scale, leading to comments that a serious bomb was used. These explosions in the pipelines began to be evaluated as “black operations” used for espionage activities.

The Swedish National Seismic Network (SNSN) announced that two explosions were detected near leaks in Russian gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea. While the area is closed to ship traffic, the authorities are considering the possibility of sabotage. Recent information has begun to strengthen the possibility of sabotage.

The British press brought up the allegation that GUGI, a special Russian sub-attack team, exploded the line using special vehicles. The Sun wrote that this unit, the Main Directorate for Secret Deep Sea Research, has this type of attack capability and commands the navy’s best ships.

The newspaper’s report, based on an expert, commented that Russia has the capacity to carry out such an attack. The expert said that Russia hosts a laboratory that produces state-of-the-art underwater drones that can carry out deep-sea attacks.

Anders Puck Nielsen, a researcher at the Royal Danish Defense College, reinforced this claim by saying that Putin’s frogmen could easily place remote-controlled explosives in the pipeline.

EVENT HISTORY

On Monday, explosions were reported near leaks from Russian gas lines in the Baltic Sea.

The pipelines have been at the center of geopolitical tensions in recent months as Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe after its invasion of Ukraine, suspected of retaliation against Western sanctions.

One of the Nord Stream 1 leaks occurred in the Danish economic zone and the other in the Swedish sea economic zone, while the North Stream 2 leak occurred in the Danish marine economic zone.

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LINE?

One of the Nord Stream 1 leaks occurred in the Danish economic zone and the other in the Swedish sea economic zone, while the North Stream 2 leak occurred in the Danish marine economic zone.

However, Berlin stopped the newly completed Nord Stream-2 during the Russia-Ukraine war.

Germany, which is heavily dependent on fossil fuel imports from Russia to meet its energy needs, has been under energy pressure ever since as Moscow reduced supply.

Russian energy giant Gazprom gradually reduced the volume of gas delivered via Nord Stream 1 until it completely shut down the pipeline at the end of August, blaming Western sanctions for delaying necessary repairs to the pipeline.

51 percent of the Nord Stream1 pipeline between Russia and Germany is owned by St Petersburg-based energy giant Gazprom, while Nord Stream 2 is owned by a Swiss subsidiary of the same company.

Each section of the North Am 1 pipeline has a steel casing between 27 and 41 millimeters thick and is surrounded by a concrete cover between 60 and 110 millimeters, according to the company’s information.

One of the explosions measured 2.3 on the Richter scale, which Danish experts described as fitting for a powerful bomb from WWII.

THE BEGINNING OF THE EVENT

SNSN lecturer Björn Lund told the country’s state television SVT that a tremor similar to a 2.3 magnitude earthquake was detected in the region of the gas network on Monday.

“The first blast was early in the southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm. The second and more powerful blast that night was in the northeast of the island. The tremors were undoubtedly caused by two large blasts in the area,” Lund said. used the phrases.

Noting that they can get information about explosions that usually occur underwater, Lund said, “We couldn’t get any information about this explosion. I don’t want to speculate on how the explosion might have happened.” made its assessment.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the gas leaks in the Russian Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea were caused by a deliberate act.

Frederiksen stated at the press conference that the authorities stated that this was a deliberate act and that they believed that the gas leaks were not accidental.

Emphasizing that they take the incident seriously, Frederiksen stated that there is no military threat against Denmark.

WHAT WAS THE EU’S REACTION?

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union Commission, stated that gas leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines should be investigated, and deliberate actions that disrupt the energy infrastructure will find the strongest response.

Von der Leyen made a statement after a phone call with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Von der Leyen stated that they evaluated the sabotage action against the pipelines. “Now it is of utmost importance that the events be investigated, clarified and the cause revealed. Any deliberate action to disrupt the active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will provoke the strongest possible response.” she used the phrase.

The Swedish Maritime Administration warned that there were two leaks in the Russian Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines and warned that ships should not dock in the area.

Nord Stream 2, the executive company of the Nord Stream 2 project, confirmed yesterday that a leak has been detected in the gas pipeline southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm.

WHAT WAS THE EFFECT OF THE EXPLOSION?

Both pipelines connect to Germany under the Baltic Sea. There is currently no gas flow to Europe from either line. However, there was pressurized natural gas in the pipeline. Shipments over the Nord Stream 1 pipeline were stopped on August 31, on the grounds that maintenance could not be done. The Nord Stream 2 project was frozen by Germany in February.

WHAT DOES THE KREMLIN SAY?

Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitriy Peskov also stated that the damage to the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines may have been caused by sabotage. “We cannot rule out any possibility. This is an unprecedented situation that requires urgent investigation. We are extremely concerned about the developments.” he said.

Ece Nagihan

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