The big news out of Europe this morning, overshadowing even the bellyaching by the Eurotrash commentariat about the election of Giorgia Meloni as prime minister of Italy (Viral Video of Italy’s Victorious Giorgia Meloni Shows Why the Left Hates Her), is the sudden disruption of the Nord Stream pipelines bringing Russian gas to Europe.
The authorities in Germany, Denmark and Sweden are investigating suspicious leaks in two gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, after both experienced a sudden drop in pressure that raised concerns among European leaders on Tuesday about possible sabotage.
Neither of the pipelines, Nord Stream 1 and 2, had been active, but both were filled with natural gas when they experienced a sharp drop in pressure that was first registered on Monday.
Here is video of the leak.
Кажется путинские газопроводы действительно кто-то подорвал. Видео публикуют военные из Дании pic.twitter.com/whURVlgUsx
— IanMatveev (@ian_matveev) September 27, 2022
If you’re wondering about scale, it is nearly a half-mile in diameter.
Credit: TankerTrackers.com on Twitter
It isn’t merely one Nord Stream pipeline that has sprung a leak. Both have. And the leaks are not colocated; they are about 75km apart, which means the same thing did not damage both. And Nord Stream 1 has sprung two leaks. And there is more. Read the whole thread.
Two powerful explosions were detected near the Nord Stream pipelines yesterday, Swedish seismologist monitor SNSN tells national TV (@svtnyheter).
"There are no doubts that these we explosions", SNSN Director says. (link in Swedish). https://t.co/gFPiryajez
— Carl Fridh Kleberg (@FridhKleberg) September 27, 2022
As the “Moscow Rules” saying goes, “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.”
"Our imagination does´nt has any scenario left in which this could not be a targeted attack" @Tagesspiegel quotes a person involved in the assessment of the German gov regarding the incidents at the #Nordstream #pipelines in the #Balticsea
— Julian Pawlak (@jupawlak) September 27, 2022
No matter where you stand on the issue of Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine, you can find someone who benefits. The Russians have the opportunity to make a large swathe of Europe feel pain this winter before European governments bring alternative gas sources online. Others are circulating this statement by Joey SoftServe to claim that the CIA was behind the incident.
Pres. Biden: "If Russia invades…then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it."
Reporter: "But how will you do that, exactly, since…the project is in Germany's control?"
— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2022
I haven’t seen anyone yet claim that Kiev was responsible, but I guess that is inevitable.
My intuition is that Russia is the culprit because I don’t believe our CIA is competent to carry out this operation and because the environmental impact would cause people in the National Security Council and the intelligence community to leak the plan to stop the mission. If the Russians did demolish their own pipeline, it shows a certain resignation on the part of the Kremlin that the blackmail game is over and that the status quo ante that of Europe dependent upon Russian gas will not return when Putin’s War winds down.