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Sweden completes investigation of Baltic Sea pipeline leaks


COPENHAGEN: Sweden’s domestic security agency said on Thursday that its preliminary investigation into leaks from two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea “reinforces suspicions of the breach. serious damage” is the cause.
The Swedish Security Service said the investigation confirmed that the “explosion” caused extensive damage to the Nord Stream Pipeline 1 and Nord Stream 2 last week. Authorities said when leaks off the coast of Sweden and Denmark first emerged that explosions had been recorded in the area.
The agency did not give details of its investigation. But in a separate statement, Swedish prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said, “The seizures were made at the crime scene and these will be investigated.”
Ljungqvist, who led the preliminary investigation, failed to locate any evidence of the seizure. Now that the initial exploration has been completed, a blockade around pipelines off the coast of Sweden will be lifted, he said.
The Danish and Swedish governments have previously said they suspect that several hundred pounds of explosives were involved in carrying out an act of intentional sabotage. Leaks from Nord Stream 1 and 2 released large amounts of methane into the air.
Ljungqvist, called it “a serious incident” and said “the case is very sensitive.” He declined to elaborate that there was “pre-trial confidentiality.”
Last week, undersea explosions ruptured Nord Stream 2 and its sister oil pipeline, Nord Stream 2, at two sites off Sweden and two off Denmark. The pipelines were built to transport Russian natural gas to Germany.
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the West of attacking the pipeline, which the United States and its allies vehemently deny.
Danish authorities said two leaks they were monitoring in international waters stopped over the weekend. One of the leaks off the coast of Sweden appears to be over.
Copenhagen police have led the Danish investigation in cooperation with the energy regulators, the National Police and the Danish Police Intelligence Service.

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