In recent days there has been much talk about the mysterious sabotage that occurred at the end of September in the Nord Stream gas pipelines that go from Russia to Germany.
Russian ships were observed in the area of the leaks
On September 29 we saw here the data that point to the Russian authorship of the sabotage, including the presence of Russian ships in that area just in the days in which the leaks in the pipes occurred. The Kremlin's propaganda networks spread the idea that it was a US thing, arguing that this country would be the most benefited by a cut in the supply of Russian gas to Germany. But let's remember that it was the CIA, a US intelligence agency, that alerted Germany about possible sabotage. What sense would the US have to warn about sabotage if it was planning to commit one?
Gazprom exposes the purpose of the Kremlin with the sabotage
This noon, the Russian state company Gazprom, which operates that pipeline, has published a statement revealing the true purpose of the sabotage. Let's see what the statement says:
"Pressure has stabilized in the damaged gas pipelines of the Nord Stream system.
The pressure in string A of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and both strings of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline has become stable after the occurrence of the ruptures, and gas leaks have stopped.
Gazprom is working to decrease the pressure in string B of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. For that purpose, the Company is pumping natural gas out of the pipe. This will make it possible to safely inspect string B for integrity, as well as to reduce potential environmental risks in the event of possible gas leaks.
If a decision is made to start supplies via string B of Nord Stream 2, natural gas will be fed into the pipeline after the system is checked for integrity and the possibility of supplies is confirmed by the supervisory authorities."
I have highlighted two sentences in the last paragraph in bold. As we saw on September 29, Germany suspended the Nord Stream 2 certification process on February 22, due to Putin's order to invade Ukraine (made public the day before). What Gazprom is saying is that if Germany wants gas, it will now have to certify and authorize the opening of Nord Stream 2.
Kremlin propaganda networks claimed that Russia had no motivation to commit this sabotage. Now it is clear that he did. Russia wanted to force Germany to authorize Nord Stream 2, and it has done so by sabotaging the two lines, but in such a way that the second can be repaired in a few days and blackmailing Germany into open it if you want gas.
Other mysterious explosions in gas pipelines coinciding with Russian interests
There are those who consider Russia incapable of sabotaging its own gas pipeline in order to blackmail Europe and submit it to the dictates of the Kremlin. Those who think so should review the background. In May 2007, A gas pipeline supplying Russian gas to the EU suffered a strong explosion near kyiv, after Ukraine and Russia had a dispute due to a sharp increase in Russian prices.
In April 2009, Turkmenistan accused Russia of blowing up its a sudden gas vacuum, just at a time when the Russians had ceased to be interested in gas brought from Central Asia and were trying to pressure Europe in the face of the Third Energy Package of the European Union.
In June 2014, Ukraine reported an attempt to sabotage one of the gas pipelines that passed through its soil. In this case, as in Turkmenistan in 2009, there were two explosions that were caused by a depressurization of the gas pipeline Urengoy-Pomari-Uzhhorod that linked Russia with Europe. It happened a day after Russia cut off supplies to Ukraine due to a dispute over gas prices.
On February 18, 2022, a few days before the Russian invasion, the Druzhba gas pipeline suffered an explosion as it passed through the areas of Ukraine occupied by pro-Russian rebels. In this case, the explanation was a fault in a gas distribution unit.
Photo: Bernd Wuestnedck. An image of the installation process of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in 2018.
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