Explosives from World War II hinder investigation of a breach in the Nord Stream pipeline
Despite World War II explosives on the seabed, Denmark said Thursday that investigations into the alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines connecting Russia with Europe are "progressing nicely."
At a NATO military alliance meeting in Brussels, Morten Bodskov, the Danish defense minister, told reporters that the area was characterized by the presence of World War II weapons, whether they had been used or not.
It's difficult since there are a lot of things at the bottom of the sea. But the job is still ongoing and progressing well, he said.
At the end of September, four explosions beneath the Baltic Sea damaged the two Nord Stream pipelines, leading to significant gas leakage.
Preliminary underwater examinations, according to Sweden, confirmed suspicions of possible sabotage. The minister stated, "Denmark is conducting an inquiry with Sweden and Germany and it is progressing well." Everything they discover will definitely be made public.
As blame for the sabotage was placed on Russia, Moscow requested to be involved in the inquiries into the explosions that occurred in international seas, but Copenhagen and Stockholm refused.
The Russian ambassador to Copenhagen claimed that Moscow's absence from the investigation weakened its legitimacy.
However, Magdalena Andersson, the departing prime minister of Sweden, urged Moscow to launch its own inquiry.
Both Moscow and Washington have rejected claims that they are to blame for the gas leaks.