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Germany warns: it is possible that the damage to the gas pipelines will become irreversible Israel today


A day after the announcement of a mysterious explosion in the gas transportation system from Russia to the Baltic Sea countries, in Germany they fear that if quick repairs are not made, the sea water will cause corrosion that will prevent any future use • Representatives of the Chancellor's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government ministries are holding urgent consultations • As I recall, part of the pipeline system has been shut down by Russia last summer due to "technical reasons" as part of the Russian attempt to pressure Europe to lift the sanctions

German security officials warned on Wednesday that the Nordstream 1 and 2 pipelines, which were hit by a deliberate attack on Monday night, will cease to be usable if they are not repaired soon, the German daily "Tagspiegel" reports.

Representatives of the Chancellor's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government ministries are holding urgent consultations regarding the consequences of the sabotage of the main supply pipelines of Russian gas to Europe.

As a first step, it was decided to strengthen the supervision of Germany's maritime territory.

Although at the time of the explosion the pipelines were not transporting gas, due to political reasons stemming from the conflict in Ukraine, the fear is that if the damage is not repaired quickly, irreversible damage will be caused to Nordstrom 1. The fear stems from the fact that the seawater will cause corrosion on a massive scale that will prevent any future use.

Be that as it may, Russia strongly denied the accusations of deliberate sabotage on its part, and the Kremlin spokesman said it was a "stupid" approach.

Also, Russia intends to convene the Security Council to discuss the case. 

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the Union, Joseph Borrell said that the vulnerabilities discovered in the gas supply system "Nordstream" are the result of a deliberate act and sent a threatening message against similar actions in the future "unacceptable", he said.

"Deliberate disruption of the European energy infrastructure is completely unacceptable and will meet a firm and united response," Borrell warned in an official statement of the Union this morning (Wednesday).

"We will support any investigation that aims to get full clarity on what happened and why, and we will take additional steps to increase our resilience in energy security," added the official.

These things come as a reminder, after Denmark and Sweden reported significant leaks in the Baltic Sea region which were later defined by them as "deliberate sabotage".

On Tuesday evening, Danish Prime Minister Meda Frederiksen said that the leaks "clearly were caused by a deliberate act and could not have occurred as a result of an accident."

The speculation among many in the world is that Russia is the one behind the action in one way or another, as part of its desire to punish the Europeans for the harsh sanctions they have imposed on the Kremlin in recent months, including the failure to complete the project to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. 

The Nordstream pipeline system is the main infrastructure with which Russia supplies gas to the European continent.

However, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February 24, the pipelines have become a tool through which the Kremlin pressures the countries to align with it and cease their support for Kiev.

After Germany announced that it would not complete the commissioning of the new gas pipeline, Moscow began its own sanctions by freezing and reducing the supply of gas through the existing pipelines. 

As a result, gas prices skyrocketed and an energy crisis was created which is currently affecting the continent in the midst of a winter which is expected to be particularly cold.

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Source: israelhayom

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