U.S. pledges to “promote European energy security” after Nord Stream leak

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a telephone conversation Tuesday with his Danish counterpart, Jeppe Kofod, with whom he pledged to promote European energy security following the apparent sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline.

“The United States stands united with its allies and partners in its commitment to promote European energy security,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said of the conversation between Blinken and Kofod.

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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 pressure of gas from Russia to Germany affecting both lines of the pipeline.

Denmark, Norway, Poland or the United States suspect that the leaks could be the result of acts of sabotage. In this regard, seismologists in Sweden have gone further and confirmed explosions in the area hours before the leaks were confirmed.

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