Gazprom surprises with a strange tweet about the leaks in the two Nord Stream pipelines. Gazprom writes that the pressure in the two Nord Stream 1 pipelines and in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has stabilized again. Accordingly, no more gas would flow out of the leaks. However, as reported by t-online, the Swedish Coast Guard contradicts this claim. During a flight over the lines, it could be seen that gas was no longer escaping from Nord Stream 1, but gas was still escaping from Nord Stream 2.

The second part of the tweet is then surprising: “Should it be decided to start gas deliveries through line B of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, it is now technically possible to introduce natural gas (…) into this pipeline”. However, Nord Stream 2 has never been commissioned and there is no authorization to commission it. Assumptions from Twitter users suggest that Gazprom could try to force Germany to put the pipeline into operation after all. Other users also see the tweet as an indirect admission by Russia that it is responsible for the damage to the gas pipelines.

Four leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were discovered last week. Before that there were violent explosions. The leaks are near the Danish island of Bornholm, two of them in Danish territorial waters and the other two in Swedish territorial waters. The lines were not in operation at the time, but were filled with gas for technical reasons, Gazprom said.

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