Copenhagen, 29 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Denmark, Jeppe Kofod tweeted that he is satisfied with the statement by NATO on the explosions affecting Nord Stream 2 and Nord Stream 1.

He said that NATO and the EU both responded quickly and “we will keep coordinating responses with allies.”

Statement by NATO

North Atlantic Council gave a statement on the damage to gas pipelines. The Council stated that the “damage to the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines in international waters in the Baltic Sea is of deep concern.

All currently available information indicates that this is the result of deliberate, reckless, and irresponsible acts of sabotage.

These leaks are causing risks to shipping and substantial environmental damage. We support the investigations underway to determine the origin of the damage.”

The Council further added that “we, as Allies, have committed to prepare for, deter and defend against the coercive use of energy and other hybrid tactics by state and non-state actors.

Any deliberate attack against the Allies’ critical infrastructure would be met with a united and determined response.”

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Nord Stream gas pipelines leaks

The Nord Stream gas pipelines are colossal pieces of infrastructure. The pipelines can transport up to 110 billion cubic meters of gas, which is enough for 26 million households, and span more than 1,200 kilometers from Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany.

Investigators found large pressure decreases in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on Monday, followed by another pressure loss on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. These pressure drops were later found to be the result of three different leaks.

The Danish government is leading the inquiry and has established a five-nautical-mile exclusion zone and a one-kilometer no-fly zone.

The Nord Stream pipeline leaks don’t have much of an immediate effect on European energy security. But the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines serves to worsen and extend the energy crisis in Europe and beyond in the future.