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Nord stream-2, Under-ocean Gas Pipeline from Russia to Europe Sabotaged: Gas leak spotted

Russia is requesting a UN Security Council meeting after European officials said the leaks on major gas pipelines running from Russia to Europe were the result of “sabotage“.

Many have blamed “sabotage” for three leaks that appeared Monday in Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Germany, with experts saying various armed forces in the region are capable of such an operation.

The video released by Denmark’s armed forces shows bubbles rushing to the surface of the Baltic Sea above the Nord pipelines. These leaks have caused surface disturbance of more than 1 kilometre in diameter. While the leaks remain largely unexplained, Ukraine has accused Russia of causing leaks in what it described as a “terrorist attack”.

This week, three separate ruptures were reported to have impacted the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines following suspected explosions in the Baltic sea. The pipelines are meant to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe. While the pipelines were not in full operation (due the Russia-Ukraine war) at the time of the ruptures and the resultant leaks, they still contained natural gas.


The UN Security Council will meet Friday to discuss the leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea, suspected to be sabotage, Sweden and the French council presidency said Wednesday.

Linde said that Denmark and Sweden had been asked to provide information to Security Council members about the leaks which ocurred in their exclusive economic zones.

The French presidency of the Security Council subsequently confirmed that the meeting would take place on Friday afternoon at the UN headquarters in New York.

Moscow and Washington both denied Wednesday that they were responsible for the suspected sabotage.

For the uninitiated, the methane gas can cause grave damage to the Ozone layer in the environment. While the Nord Stream 1 pipelines were halted, and Nordstream 2 had never even started — they all contained pressurized natural gas, the vast majority of which is methane.

The expulsion of methane, comes amid growing public consciousness of its effects on the climate. At the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, over 100 countries pledged to drastically curb emissions.

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