World Germany contemplates criminal investigation into alleged Nord Stream sabotage
causes unknown: Problems lame Ostsee pipelines
Within 24 hours, both currently unused German-Russian Baltic Sea gas pipelines-north stream 1 and 2-print problems. The control center found a pressure drop in both tubes from the north stream 1 pipeline, the operator said on Monday evening. Accordingly, the capacity of the pipeline fell unplanned to zero. The cause is examined. © Stefan Sauer/dpa pipe systems and shut -off devices in the gas reception station of the Ostseeepipeline Nord Stream 2 in Lubmin.
Germany's Justice Minister Marco Buschmann said Sunday that his country is contemplating opening a criminal investigation into the case of explosions that led to several leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines this week.
"It is possible that a criminal offense has been committed for which the Federal Prosecutor could take over the prosecution," Buschmann told the Sunday newspaper 'Bild am Sonntag'.
The explosion sites are located in the Baltic Sea, in the territorial waters of Denmark and Sweden, but the pipelines connect Russia with Germany.
War in Ukraine: the EU claims that leaks on North Stream are an "sabotage"
The kremlin said "extremely concerned", believing that "no" hypothesis © / AP/SIPA An important disturbance of the sea observed on September 27, 2022 off the Danish Island of Bornholm on Tuesday September 27, 2022 following a series of unusual leaks on two Nord Streams.
"It would then possibly be a case of sabotage (of an) unconstitutional nature with repercussions for Germany. The crime of causing an explosive detonation is also a possibility," he added.
If the suspicion is confirmed, he added, the main issue would be cooperation with other states, especially the European Union (EU). "The goal would be to catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice in Germany," he has explained.
According to the German criminal code, sabotage of an unconstitutional nature carries a prison sentence of up to five years or a fine.
The incident began on Monday night, when a sharp pressure drop was detected in one of the two pipelines of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is not in use. Later, the operator of Nord Stream 1 reported a pressure drop on its two pipelines as well. Authorities eventually discovered a total of four leaks on both pipelines. The EU and NATO assume that this was sabotage.
The Nord Stream pipeline sabotage is a warning to Europe
The undersea explosions in two gas pipelines from Russia exposed Europe’s vulnerabilities — just as the continent faces a looming energy crisis.Officials detected significant drops in pressure in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on Monday, and then detected another pressure drop on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which were ultimately determined to come from three separate leaks. Swedish seismologists have said underwater explosions caused these leaks. The Danish military released footage of gas from the pipeline bubbling to the surface of the Baltic Sea.
Denmark and Sweden reported Thursday in a statement that at least two underwater explosions were detected. It detailed that seismological institutes had measured a magnitude of 2.3 and 2.1, which "probably corresponds to explosive charges of several hundred kilograms."
Nord Stream 1 and 2 are two dual pipelines that run from Russia across the Baltic Sea to the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and have a similar capacity.
Nord Stream 2 runs for 1,230 kilometers. It has been completed and filled with gas, but no gas has ever been imported through it, pending approval of its entry into service by the competent authority in Germany, the Federal Network Agency.
Nord Stream 1 was in service until, at various stages since the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine, supply was reduced until it was suspended because of technical problems, as justified by the Russian gas company Gazprom.
Sweden has evidence to back Nord Stream sabotage suspicions: Security Service .
Aerial photo provided by the Swedish Coast Guard on Sept. 28, 2022 shows a gas leak on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. (The Swedish Coast Guard/Handout via Xinhua) "We can state that there have been detonations at Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Swedish economic zone, which have caused extensive damage to the gas pipelines. The crime scene investigation has strengthened suspicions of gross sabotage," said the Swedish Prosecution Authority. STOCKHOLM,"We can state that there have been detonations at Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Swedish economic zone, which have caused extensive damage to the gas pipelines. The crime scene investigation has strengthened suspicions of gross sabotage," said the Swedish Prosecution Authority.