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).
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.”
Russia has been accused of causing “unprecedented” damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in a “terrorist attack.”
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.
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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.
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.”
— Forsvaret (@forsvaretdk) September 27, 2022
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.”
🇸🇪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
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZmilitary1) September 28, 2022
He added, “It opens up a new front in the war. It means the Ukrainian war is now going to the Baltic.”
European Union officials are warning of retaliation against Russia which will be “met with a robust response.”
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, “All available information indicates those leaks are the result of a deliberate act.”
Borrell warned, “Any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and will be met with a robust and united response.”
Danish defence minister Morten Bødsko said there is “reason to be concerned” about the security situation in the Baltic Sea.
Bødskov said, “There is reason to be concerned about the security situation in the Baltic Sea region,”
“Despite the war efforts in Ukraine, Russia has a significant military presence in the Baltic Sea region and we expect them to continue their sabre-rattling.”
He added, Denmark is “already strongly present in the Baltics with over 1,000 men.
“I had a good discussion with NATO’s Secretary General about the worrying security situation and the war in Ukraine.
“Putin has issued sensational announcements about partial mobilisation and nuclear threats, and so-called referendums are being held – this is a clear expression of desperation.
“I was confirmed to Jens Stoltenberg that Denmark will continue to play a key role in securing support for Ukraine.”