A crime scene investigation of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines from Russia to Europe discovered evidence of detonations, strengthening suspicions of “gross sabotage”, according to Sweden’s Security Service.
As Reuters reports, Swedish and Danish authorities have been investigating four leaks after the pipelines, which were damaged at the start of last week. The investigation aims to find what caused the leaks as Moscow suggests the United States stood to gain.
More specifically, “after completing the crime scene investigation, the Swedish Security Service can conclude that there have been detonations at Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Swedish economic zone,” Sweden’s Security Service said.
The security service also added that there was extensive damage to the gas pipelines and it had retrieved some material from the site that would now be analysed. The evidence “has strengthened the suspicions of gross sabotage.”
In fact, the investigation explained that the incident would have involved unmanned vehicles.
The operators of the pipelines owned by Russia and European partners said they were unable to inspect the damaged sections because Danish and Swedish authorities had cordoned off the area.
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