Nord Stream leak probe strengthens 'gross sabotage' suspicion

Four leaks from the Russian pipes were discovered last week in Swedish and Danish exclusive economic zones.

Nord Stream 2 logo and Russian flag are seen through broken glass in this illustration taken March 1, 2022.  (photo credit: REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/ILLUSTRATION)
Nord Stream 2 logo and Russian flag are seen through broken glass in this illustration taken March 1, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/ILLUSTRATION)

Suspicions of gross sabotage on the damaged Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea have strengthened following a crime scene investigation in the Swedish exclusive economic zone, the country's security police said on Thursday.

Swedish and Danish authorities have been investigating four leaks from the Russian pipes that were discovered last week in Swedish and Danish exclusive economic zones.

"There have been detonations near Nord Stream 1 and 2, within the Swedish economic zone, resulting in extensive damage to the gas pipelines," Swedish security police said in a statement.

Some material had been seized on site and would now be analyzed, and the site was no longer cordoned off, they said. "The continued investigation will show whether anyone can be suspected of, and later prosecuted for, this crime."

 A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, Germany, September 10, 2020. (credit: REUTERS/HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/FILE PHOTO) A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, Germany, September 10, 2020. (credit: REUTERS/HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/FILE PHOTO)

Russia says Nord Stream investigation won't be objective

A Kremlin spokesperson on Thursday said he did not think the investigation could be objective without Russia's participation after Russia had not been invited to take part.

Danish police declined to comment on the investigation in the Danish exclusive economic zone.