Russia wants to send gas to Europe through surviving Nord Stream-2 line

6 October, 01:37 PM
Russia wants to send gas to Europe through surviving Nord Stream-2 line (Photo:Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters)

Russia wants to send gas to Europe through surviving Nord Stream-2 line (Photo:Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters)

Moscow is allegedly ready to supply gas to Europe along the surviving line of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, Russian financial newspaper Kommersant reported on Oct. 6.

"As for the second line [of Nord Stream 2], it is ready, built, and if the necessary legal decisions are made by European colleagues regarding its certification and lifting of restrictions, I think that Russia could provide appropriate supplies through this pipeline in a short time," Novak stated.

At the same time, the Russian official complained that neither the Nord Stream project operator, nor Russian authorities, have been allowed to investigate the incidents that have taken three out of four lines across both the Nord Stream-1 and Nord Stream-2 pipelines out of commission.

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The first report of an incident involving the Russia-Europe Nord Stream pipelines occurred on Sept. 26, when the pressure suddenly dropped in the Nord Stream-2 pipeline. On Sept. 27, reports emerged of a similar issue with Nord Stream-1. Both gas pipelines, passing along the bottom of the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden and Denmark, were not operational – but were still filled with technical gas for pressurization.

The pressure drop was recorded at a section of the pipeline located at a depth of about 70 meters near the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea – just outside the territorial waters of Denmark, but in its exclusive economic zone.

Following the pressure drops, three large gas leaks were discovered, as well as evidence of underwater explosions along the pipeline routes. Bjorn Lund, professor at the Swedish National Seismic Center SNSN, said that these explosions were obviously artificial, and not geological in nature.

Copenhagen and Stockholm have already declared the explosions to have been "deliberate actions”, and the EU as a whole has stated that it is clear that these explosions were due to sabotage.

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