Denmark, Sweden view Nord Stream pipeline leaks as ‘deliberate actions’
The Danish and Swedish prime ministers said an assessment by authorities indicated that the leaks were not accidental. The EU’s Ursula von der Leyen warned attacks on European energy infrastructure were “unacceptable.”
Sep. 27, 2022
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and her Swedish counterpart Magdalena Andersson both said on Tuesday that leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines were “deliberate” and not accidental in nature.
Frederiksen told journalists Tuesday that the “clear assessment” by authorities was that leaks “was not an accident.”
She added there was “no information yet to indicate who may be behind this action.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen later said it was “paramount to now investigate the incidents” to get fully clarity on what happened and why.
“Any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response,” von der Leyen said on Twitter.
‘Not a matter of an attack’
On being asked whether she thought the incident was an attack on Denmark, Frederiksen said that the leaks happened in international waters and “the answer is thus no.”
The Danish Energy Agency expects the leaks from the pipelines, both full of gas, to last “at least a week.”
Magdalena Andersson told reporters that intelligence both from Sweden and its neighbors Denmark pointed in the same direction.
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