World: NATO warns it will respond to attacks on critical infrastructure after Nord Stream sabotage

Sabotage suspected after Nord Stream pipeline leaks

  Sabotage suspected after Nord Stream pipeline leaks The two Nord Stream gas pipelines linking Russia and Europe have been hit by unexplained leaks, Scandinavian authorities said Tuesday, raising suspicions of sabotage. "Authorities have now been informed that there have been another two leaks on Nord Stream 1, which likewise is not in operation but contains gas," Danish climate and energy minister Dan Jorgensen told AFP in a statement on Tuesday. "It is too early to say anything about the causes of the incidents," the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities said in a statement.

NATO warned Thursday that it will respond to "deliberate attacks" on critical allied infrastructure following the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline, which has caused gas leaks into international waters.

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In a statement, the 30 allies said they are prepared to "deter and defend against the coercive use of energy and hybrid tactics." "Any deliberate attack on allied critical infrastructure will be met with a united and decisive response," they stressed.

This warning comes in the midst of the crisis over the leaks detected in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines due to possible sabotage to the facilities, which comes in the midst of the energy pulse with Russia due to the war in Ukraine.

Nord Stream 1 and 2: CIA warned weeks ago before attacks on gas pipelines

 Nord Stream 1 and 2: CIA warned weeks ago before attacks on gas pipelines The Lecks on the Baltic Sea pipelines north stream 1 and 2 from Russia to Germany are due to European politicians to sabotage . EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday evening that she spoke to the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen about "The Sabotage Act". © AFP Gaspipeline: Appendix by Nord Stream 1 in German Lubmin Frederiksen said that the leaks were created by "intentional acts" and not by an accident.

"All available information points to this being the result of a deliberate, irresponsible and reckless act of sabotage. These leaks put navigation at risk and cause significant environmental damage," the Atlantic Alliance statement said.

"We support the ongoing investigations to determine the source of this damage," NATO said. The Nordic countries have already announced a reinforcement of surveillance to protect gas and oil infrastructures, following the pipeline incident.

Denmark raised the alarm on Tuesday after detecting a gas leak in one of the sections of Nord Stream 2 on the Danish island of Bornholm. Hours later, the Nord Stream 1 subsea pipeline detected a drop in the pressure of the gas coming from Russia and sent to Germany, affecting both lines of the pipeline.

Sweden has evidence to back Nord Stream sabotage suspicions: Security Service .
Aerial photo provided by the Swedish Coast Guard on Sept. 28, 2022 shows a gas leak on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. (The Swedish Coast Guard/Handout via Xinhua) "We can state that there have been detonations at Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Swedish economic zone, which have caused extensive damage to the gas pipelines. The crime scene investigation has strengthened suspicions of gross sabotage," said the Swedish Prosecution Authority. STOCKHOLM,"We can state that there have been detonations at Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Swedish economic zone, which have caused extensive damage to the gas pipelines. The crime scene investigation has strengthened suspicions of gross sabotage," said the Swedish Prosecution Authority.

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