Liz Truss welcomes Danish Prime Minister to Downing Street
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Liz Truss and the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen have agreed that the damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were “clearly an act of sabotage”. The pipelines are currently leaking natural gas into the Baltic Sea near Denmark and Sweden.
The two Prime Ministers agreed that safety in the Baltic Sea was in “everyone’s interest” and welcomed increased support through an expeditionary force.
Ms Truss also offered the UK’s support in the ongoing investigation into the leaks.
Four leaks have been detected in the pipelines, two in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone while the other two are in Danish waters.
NATO and the EU have called the damage, first discovered on Monday, September 26, an act of sabotage.
Liz Truss and Mette Frederiksen have agreed the damage is ‘sabotage’. (Image: GETTY/Shutterstock)
The Prime Ministers met at Downing Street earlier today. (Image: PA)
Bjorn Lund, a seismologist with Uppsala University, told broadcaster SVT: “There is no doubt that these were explosions.”
In response, Norway has vowed that its military will be more visible around energy infrastructure including oil and gas installations.
The pipes were not pumping gas to Europe at the time of the explosions, however there was gas in the pipelines which is now leaking into the sea.
The United Nations Environment Programme said on Friday the leaks had resulted in what was likely the “biggest-ever” release of methane.
If the damage is attributed to Moscow, it will come as part of Putin’s strategy to remind Europe of Russia’s energy dominance over the continent.
Putin has blamed the West for the damage. (Image: GETTY)
Germany is scrambling to build LNG terminals to wean itself off Russian gas. (Image: GETTY)
Already, Germany is rationing energy in order to stave off winter shortages. Lights at monuments have been turned off while hot water usage in public buildings has been limited.
However, it is proving to be too little too late – this week the German energy regulator Federal Network Agency said household gas consumption in Germany was too high to “avoid an emergency situation this winter.”
Putin blamed the damage on the “Anglo-Saxons” in a rambling speech on Friday marking the illegal annexation of several regions of Ukraine.
He said: “The sanctions were not enough for the Anglo-Saxons: they moved onto sabotage. It is hard to believe but it is a fact that they organised the blasts on the Nord Stream international gas pipelines.
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The damage to the pipelines is thought to be an act of sabotage. (Image: EXPRESS)
“They began to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure. It is clear to everyone who benefits from this. Of course, he who benefits did it.”
Putin did not provide any evidence for these claims which were quickly dismissed by the West.
Gas is expected to continue leaking out of Nord Stream 1 until at least Sunday, according to the Danish energy agency. Nord Stream 2 is expected to cease on Saturday.
The damage has led Europe to increase its security around energy installations as Putin carries on a hybrid war attempting to put pressure on the West using all the means at his disposal.
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