By Nancy Thorner –
Although the country or individuals who were responsible for the sabotage of Nord Stream 1 and 2 has not yet been ascertained, what follows is an interesting and plausible account.
Bjorn Lund, director of the Swedish National Seismic Network
, said he and his colleagues gathered seismic data showing that explosions took place in the water and not in the rock under the seabed.
The explosions rattled the Baltic Sea before unusual leaks were discovered on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines running underwater from Russia to Germany
NATO tested underwater ‘equipment’ close to Nord Stream leak zone
According to a BattleforWorld.com article here
The Russian government is reporting that in June 2022, the NATO alliance experimented with unmanned subs near the island of Bornholm, and that the exercises used deep-sea equipment in the area where gas leaks in Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines was caused by explosions.
Who gains most from Nord Stream sabotage?
The apparent sabotage of the Russian Nordstream pipelines demonstrates Europe’s irresponsibility in accepting gas from a known enemy. [..] Baltics, Finland, Ukraine and USA all have logical incentive to damage the pipelines; Russia does not as she would lose all leverage with Europe if it destroyed its own pipelines.
The Nord Stream pipelines are at sea depths ranging from 262 to 360 feet. Frogmen typically operate at 20 feet, so submersible vehicles would have been needed to place explosives on the pipeline or otherwise damage it.
Finland is in a serious dispute with Russia that started with Finland’s decision to join NATO. In May, Russia cut off gas supplies to Finland and earlier Russia halted electricity deliveries. But it is hard to understand why Finland might consider the Nord Stream pipelines as a target for any retaliation. Finland itself has embargoed Russian coal and oil.
Russia also has a very tense relationship with the Baltic States, and any one of them could carry out sabotage acts against the Nord Stream pipelines. However, the fact that this would deprive Europe of gas deliveries in the near future, supposing an end of sanctions, makes this an unlikely move for any country that depends on NATO for security.
The US could also have sabotaged the pipelines to remove President Vladimir Putin’s leverage over Europe this winter. If there was substantial fear in Washington that Europe might break consensus on sanctioning Russian over the Ukraine war to save itself from an energy crisis this winter, then there could be logic in such a move. The US has become an important energy player to Europe and has been using US-supplied LNG
to help fill its storage tanks for the coming winter.”
a video that has resurfaced of President Joe Biden
saying that he would “end” the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after Nord Stream 1 and 2 were damaged in what’s been described as an act of sabotage.
Pipeline sabotage sets forth new crisis
The four leaks detected along the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, both inactive yet containing gas at the time, have spiraled into an international incident
, with all eyes on the ongoing tensions between the West and Russia over Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
Germany froze the Nord Stream 2 project shortly before Russia launched the conflict in February, and ensuing Western sanctions led Moscow to cut off gas through Nord Stream 1 earlier this month.
What is for certain is that the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines sabotage has severely ramped up tensions and likely fundamentally has changed any future for EU-Russia energy trade.
It remains to be seen how Biden will assess the situation.