Nord Stream pipeline leaks spark sabotage fears

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, crucial to delivering Russian natural gas to Germany, have been central to the energy crisis that has enveloped Europe

Nord Stream 1 provided a crucial pathway for Russian gas to reach Europe until earlier this month, when Russia closed the pipeline citing maintenance concerns.

Nord Stream AG confirmed in a statement that "the Nord Stream 1 control center registered a pressure drop on both strings of the gas pipeline," adding that an investigation is underway

Neither pipeline was in operation at the time the leaks were found, but both still contained gas under pressure.

Seismologists detected underwater explosions near the pipelines on Monday, but it’s unclear if those are connected to the leaks.

Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland said information so far “indicates acts of sabotage.”

The European Union said on Wednesday it was “deeply concerned” about damage to the two pipelines.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan also spoke with his Danish counterpart on Tuesday about the “apparent sabotage,” saying the US was supporting investigation efforts.

Meanwhile, a Russian spokesman told reporters on Tuesday, “No option can be ruled out right now.”