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Hard to imagine Nord Stream gas leaks 'coincidence': Danish premier

Hard to imagine Nord Stream gas leaks 'coincidence': Danish premier
Danish authorities have confirmed that leaks from Nord Stream pipelines will continue for days

By Leila Nezirevic

LONDON (AA) - Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Tuesday said that it is hard to imagine that the gas leaks on the Russian Nord Stream pipelines are a "coincidence."

"It is unusual and I would like to say that we from ... the government ... and the authorities are taking this very seriously,” the prime minister told a local news outlet DR.

Asked if the three leaks are sabotage, Frederiksen said it cannot be “ruled out.”

"It is one ... extraordinary ... situation, and there are three leaks, which is why it is difficult to imagine that it should be random," she said.

The Danish Energy Authority confirmed that the gas leaks from Nord Stream pipelines will continue for days, the daily Berlingske said.

Shortly after discoveries about the leaks on the Russian Nord Stream 2, the Swedish Maritime Authority issued a warning on Tuesday about two leaks on the Russia-owned Nord Stream 1 pipeline in Swedish and Danish waters.

Denmark's energy agency confirmed that three leaks in total are detected on Nord Stream 1 and on Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, northeast and southeast of the island of Bornholm.

Director of the Danish Energy Agency Kristoffer Botzauw said earlier that breakage of gas pipelines is extremely rare, "and therefore we see reason to raise the preparedness level as a result of the incidents we have seen over the past 24 hours."

The emergency response of the electricity and gas sector is raised to the second highest level, the outlet reported.

He also informed that thorough monitoring of Denmark's critical infrastructure is undertaken to "strengthen the security of supply going forward."

Energy and Supply Minister Dan Jorgensen told the news outlet DR that the leaks on the Nord Stream pipes do not change the security of supply.

"This does not change the immediate situation of security of supply. The gas stocks in Europe are close to full," he said.

The prime minister and the energy minister are currently in Poland in connection with the opening of the Baltic Pipe, another gas pipeline which would send gas from Norway through the Danish territory to Poland.

The Russia-owned Nord Stream 2 pipeline flowing from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany was originally created to double the volume of gas, however just as the works completed, Germany decided to stop it, after the start of Russia's war on Ukraine.

Nord Stream 1 pipeline that stretches 1,200 km (745 mi) under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast near St Petersburg to northeastern Germany was stopped by Russia following German's decision to cut gas supply from Nord Stream 2.

source: News Feed
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