On Tuesday Russian owned gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea were blown up in a blast that was so powerful it caused an earthquake which measure 2.3 on the Richter scale, which was confirmed by Sweden’s National Seismology Centre (SNSN).
The Kremlin has hit back at the European Union saying it is “quite predictable and also predictably stupid” to accuse Russia of “hybird warfare” by blowing up their Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov came out with his own predictable narrative and told reporters, “It’s quite predictable and also predictably stupid to give voice to these kinds of narratives – predictably stupid and absurd.
“This is a big problem for us because, firstly, both lines of Nord Stream 2 are filled with gas – the entire system is ready to pump gas and the gas is very expensive… Now the gas is flying off into the air.
“Before making any claims, we should wait for investigation into these ruptures, whether there was an explosion or not.”
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Nord Stream AG said on Tuesday that three of their four offshore gas pipeline systems sustained “unprecedented” damage in the Baltic Sea.
SNSN seismologist Bjorn Lund told public broadcaster SVT said, “You can clearly see how the waves bounce from the bottom to the surface.
“There is no doubt that it was a blast or explosion. We even had a station in Kalix that picked this up.”
🇸🇪Swedish authorities have published new footage of a large-scale leak from the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which occurred as a result of sabotage
In Europe,they are already talking about an environmental catastrophe and it is impossible to name the exact timing of the repair work pic.twitter.com/UclYInYlsc
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Ukraine’s Presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said this was “an act of aggression” towards the EU which has now bought the war to the Baltics.
The second explosion of the gas pipeline “corresponded to 100 kilos of dynamite” which is “clearly and act of sabotage” because this is not a casual terrorist attack, this is something that can only be caused by a government.
Professor Michael Clarke, a security and defence analyst, said leaks in the gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea were caused by “three explosions near the seabed.”
He added this is “clearly an act of sabotage,” as you need a submarine to cause so much chaos underwater in the Baltic Sea.
— Forsvaret (@forsvaretdk) September 27, 2022
Professor Clarke told Sky News, “This is not some casual terrorist act, it has to be a government.
“The only government who could really gain from that, in a peculiar way, is Russia – none of the European governments would want to do it.”
The Nord Stream 1 ans 2 pipelines run under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany and Denmark said the explosions were “deliberate actions.”
“Privately, everyone is convinced this is a Kremlin-inspired piece of sabotage,” Professor Clarke said.
He added to Sky News, “This is a strategic own goal because although it increases the sense of isolation that there will be no Russian gas for Europe this winter, it actually destroys Russia’s credibility completely with European customers for the next couple of generations.”
Professor Clarke was asked why Russia would do this, he said his guess is that the Kremlin want to “create insecurity that there may be more of this.”
He added, “It opens up a new front in the war. It means the Ukrainian war is now going to the Baltic.”