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Nato calls Nord Stream pipeline leaks deliberate acts of sabotage

Nato has called the Nord Stream pipeline leaks in the Baltic Sea as deliberate, reckless, and irresponsible acts of sabotage.

A series of unusual leaks on two natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany have triggered concerns about possible sabotage. (Photo: AP)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or Nato has called the Nord Stream pipeline leaks in the Baltic sea deliberate acts of sabotage. Leaks in two gas pipelines — Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 — off Nato member Denmark and would-be member Sweden in international waters in the Baltic Sea have raised concerns amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

“All currently available information indicates that this is the result of deliberate, reckless, and irresponsible acts of sabotage,” Nato said in a statement on Thursday.

These leaks are causing risks to shipping and substantial environmental damage, it added.

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On Thursday, a fourth gas leak was discovered by Sweden’s coast guard in the damaged Nord Stream pipeline, fuelling the ‘sabotage’ speculation.

The leaks came even as the Nord Stream 1 pipeline has not been operational since August when Russia closed it down for ‘maintenance’. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, though completed, never became operational since the war broke out in Ukraine. European nations see it as the next step of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

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