The investigation confirmed: It was sabotage.
Leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines can be traced back to serious sabotage. This conclusion was reached by the Swedish public prosecutor’s office after investigating the explosion sites in the Baltic Sea.
Analyzes showed traces of explosives on several foreign objects that were discovered, prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist, who was in charge of the preliminary investigation, said on Friday. Advanced work and analysis would continue to draw firmer conclusions about the incident.
Who is behind the sabotage?
It is not yet clear who is behind the sabotage. “The World” writes that satellite images show how the two ships were just before the explosions at the exact locations of the leaks. The automatic identification system (AIS) was switched off on both ships. This has been a strict regulation for ships of this size since 2004.
At the end of September, after the explosions near the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, a total of four leaks were discovered in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, two of them in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden. A few days after the leaks were discovered, it was suspected that the detonations were intentional. Russia denies being responsible for the sabotage. (SDA)