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The situation escalates, Sweden reports another leak in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The situation escalates, Sweden reports another leak in the Nord Stream 2

Sweden has found a new leak in a major Nord Stream pipeline that transports Russian natural gas to the EU, the fourth such leak this week.

Denmark and Sweden earlier reported gas leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, warning authorities of the possibility of a deliberate attack.

The EU said the leaks were caused by sabotage. Russia rejected the claims.

The Swedish coast guard said they had found the fourth leak in Nord Stream 2, very close to a larger leak previously found in Nord Stream 1.

The EU previously accused Russia of using gas supplies as a weapon against the West over its support for Ukraine.

EU leaders have gathered to make clear that any deliberate attack on the continent's energy infrastructure would be met with the "strongest possible response".

Norway said it would deploy its army to protect oil and gas installations. Neither pipeline is currently carrying gas, although both contain gas.

The Nord Stream 1 pipeline - which consists of two parallel branches - has not transported gas since August when Russia shut it down, saying it needed maintenance.

It stretches 1,200 km (745 miles) under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast near St. Petersburg to northeastern Germany. Its twin pipeline, Nord Stream 2, was disrupted after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Seismologists reported underwater explosions before the leaks appeared. Denmark's Defense Command has released footage of leaks showing bubbles - the largest is 1km in diameter - on the surface of the Baltic Sea.

Source: Euronews

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