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The Swedish National Seismic Network detected on Monday two explosions in the area where the Nord Stream gas pipeline is located, which this Tuesday has been reported a series of leaks whose origin is under investigation.
Speaking to public television SVT, Bjorn Lund, a professor at the Swedish National Seismic Network, explained that measuring stations located in southern Sweden recorded the explosions, the first in the early hours of Sunday to Monday and the second as early as Monday afternoon.
This information comes on a day in which, on the occasion of the leaks recorded in Nord Stream, European leaders such as the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, or his Danish counterpart, Mette Frederiksen, have dropped the possibility that the pipeline has been sabotaged by Russia itself.
“We can clearly see that it is an act of sabotage, an act that probably marks the next stage in the escalation of the situation we are dealing with in Ukraine,” Morawiecki has said, as reported by the Polish state news agency, PAP.
“It is something unusual and I would like to say that we, as part of the government and the authorities, take it very seriously,” the Danish prime minister said in the same vein.
Nord Stream operator Nord Stream AG said Tuesday that the damage to three of the pipelines late Monday was “unprecedented,” following a gas leak in one of the sections of Nord Stream 2 and a loss of pressure in Nord Stream 1, with no known causes for now.
During Monday afternoon, Danish authorities detected a gas leak in one of the sections of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on the Danish island of Bornholm. Hours later, the Nord Stream 1 subsea pipeline detected a drop in the pressure of gas from Russia sent to Germany and affecting both lines of the pipeline.