Nord Stream leak is in diveable zone, as Russia has drones – expert

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The location of the Nord Stream leak is “diveable”, according to an expert, who also highlighted that Russia has underwater drones. Russia and European nations spent billions of dollars constructing the pipelines.

Moscow is still earning from the infrastructure, and is likely hoping to increase profits when its “special military operation” in Ukraine comes to an end.

But a Ukrainian official, quoted by Reuters, has called the incident a Russian attack to destabilise Europe, without elaborating or supplying proof.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also said: “We see clearly it’s an act of sabotage, related to the next step of escalation of the situation in Ukraine.”

Russia has itself claimed sabotage remains a possibility, accepting the likelihood of disruption in Europe.

Leaks began on Monday.

Independent Defense Analysis H I Sutton today said a few factors make the event “suspicious”.

He described in a post on Twitter the leak is in an area of water that “would be diveable” and where the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) is “disputed”.

Mr Sutton added: “Russia does… have autonomous underwater vehicles”.

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Amid allegations Russia was behind the strikes which caused the Nord Stream leaks, he added: “A new centre for their development is in St Petersburg. Some of these might be suitable.

“But they would need a host ship of some sort.

“So, the relevant Russian capabilities are things like divers and underwater drones (AUVs). Not fancy nuclear submarines.”

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Mr Sutton soon after clarified: “I am not pointing at any culprit”.

He stressed he was “merely responding to the types of questions i am getting with (hopefully) useful background info”.

The US has said it would be “in no-one’s interest” if acts of sabotage caused the detected gas leaks.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “There are initial reports indicating that this may be the result of an attack or some kind of sabotage, but these are initial reports and we haven’t confirmed that yet.

“But if it is confirmed, that’s clearly in no one’s interest.”

Denmark has stressed that leaking gas from the Nord Stream pipelines poses little to no risk to public health.

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