Sweden has launched a formal investigation into the explosions that damaged the Nord Stream I and II gas pipelines at the end of September and refuses to share the preliminary findings with Russia.
Magdalena Andersson, Sweden’s Prime Minister, told reporters, “In Sweden, our preliminary investigations are confidential, and that, of course, also applies in this case.”
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, expressed his dissatisfaction with the news that he would not be receiving the initial results of the investigation stating, “We all know well who the ultimate beneficiary of this crime is.” Prime Minister Andersson has removed restrictions to the area and has invited Russia to conduct its own investigation into the explosions.
It is suspected that the U.S. and Britain are behind the Nord Stream pipeline attacks as Joe Biden and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, had previously insisted that the Nord Stream II pipeline would not be allowed to continue production if Russia invaded Ukraine.
Adding to the suspicion that the U.S. and Britain initiated the attacks is a report by the German magazine, Der Spiegel, in which it is purported that the CIA warned officials in Berlin about a potential attack on Baltic Sea gas pipelines prior to the blasts that disabled the Nord Stream I and II.
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While not taking credit for the attacks, U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, called the explosions a “tremendous opportunity” for the EU to “once and for all remove the dependence on Russian energy.”
Much of Europe is now facing a critical energy and gas shortage that officials warn could lead to a massive energy crisis as winter approaches. Europeans are responding by panic-buying electric heaters in Germany and lifting fracking restrictions in the U.K.