Nord Stream Pipelines Likely Sabotaged, Culprit Unknown
Underwater explosions in the Baltic Sea resulted in critical damage to two major pipelines flowing from Russia to Germany. European powers are investigating, with many nations already deeming the incident to be an act of sabotage. Neither pipeline was transporting oil at the time of the leak, but the Associated Press (Lean Left Bias) is reporting record-breaking methane leaks as a result of the damage.
Both of the pipelines, named Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, have become politicized since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, drawing scorn and sanctions from Western European countries. Nord Stream 2 was scheduled to begin flowing oil this year, but Germany scrapped the project in retaliation for Russia's attack. Nord Stream 1 was shut down in August after Moscow announced it needed repairs, however Western nations widely suspected this was a political move to punish them for supporting Ukraine’s resistance.
There is no clear suspect in the pipeline sabotage. Ukrainian officials were quick to blame Moscow, claiming that Russia sought to destabilize Western Europe, which is already struggling with rising energy costs. Moscow denied this, questioning what the motive would be to blow up their own pipeline.
Outlets across the spectrum covered the incident, the speculation, the accusations, and the implications extensively on Wednesday. Newsweek (Center Bias) reported that Russian Media had blamed the United States for the leak, and Tucker Carlson (Right Bias) suggested President Biden was responsible.
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From the CenterNord Stream leak: West shores up pipeline security, blaming Russia 'sabotage'
European countries say they will ramp up security around oil and gas installations after the suspected sabotage of two major pipelines.
The EU, US and Nato have suggested damage to the pipelines between Russia and Germany was deliberate, but have not blamed Russia directly.
Russia has said it was not involved, and asked if the US was instead.
Russia has previously been accused of using gas supplies as a weapon against the West over its support for Ukraine.
The leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines...
From the RightBlaming Moscow for Nord Stream sabotage is 'stupid and absurd,' Moscow says
Moscow dismissed accusations that it was behind the alleged Tuesday sabotage of Nord Stream energy pipelines as "stupid and absurd" Wednesday.
Accusations have flown after three unprecedented leaks sprang from the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines at the bottom of the Baltic Sea on Monday. Germany, the U.S. and Russia have all agreed that sabotage is a likely or possible cause for the leaks, but Ukraine has outright accused Moscow of carrying out the deed.
"Gas leak from NS-1 [Nord Stream 1] is nothing more than a terrorist attack...
From the LeftLeaks in Nord Stream gas pipelines likely ‘sabotage,’ European leaders say
Leaders of several Western countries have said leaks in two Russian gas pipelines are likely the result of sabotage, vowing a strong response as investigations continue.
Swedish authorities sounded the alarm on Tuesday about leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines – both of which run under the Baltic Sea near Sweden and Denmark, and have been major flashpoints in the energy war between Europe and Russia.
Neither pipeline was in operation at the time the leaks were found, but both still contained gas under pressure....
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