Allegations that Russia is behind the alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines are “stupid and absurd”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said. The pipelines run from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea and currently leak large amounts of gas.
Denmark, Sweden and Poland, among others, have already said that Nord Stream 1 and 2 have been sabotaged, as has NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. The European Commission is also considering the design and wants to monitor its own energy infrastructure more closely. Ukraine even spoke of a terrorist act by Russia in connection with the spills.
Peskov said it is predictable that allegations will be made against Russia. But, according to him, the leaks need further investigation, and it is still unclear how long repairs to the pipelines will take. The pipes are still, but they are filled with gas.
Peskov also said that US companies would profit much more from gas deliveries to Europe. The leakages have increased the unrest in the gas market, causing the European gas price to rise sharply.
The Swedish National Seismological Service said monitoring stations measured powerful submarine explosions in the same areas where gas pipelines were leaking on Monday.