Germany Warns of Mysterious Attacks on Critical Infrastructure
(NewsSpace.com) – Scientists believe mysterious seismic activity near the Nord Stream pipelines was actually explosives placed by saboteurs. The lines, which carry natural gas from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany, became an instant bargaining chip for the Kremlin when the West imposed crippling sanctions. Now, rather than a negotiating tool, the pipelines are an environmental disaster creating an energy crisis for the upcoming cold winter months. German officials, worried this is an attack on the country’s energy infrastructure, warn of the possibility of more clandestine meddling.
Not Particularly Surprising
German Energy Minister Robert Habeck told reporters he doesn’t need to speculate on what happened to the Nord Stream pipelines. His focus now, as it has been since the beginning of the war, is ensuring the safety of the German people by safeguarding critical infrastructure.
Habeck says ensuring a secure energy supply was well underway before the pipeline incident and will continue until the country meets its energy needs.
A Long Cold Winter Ahead
Germany’s energy consumption is about 27% natural gas, more than half of which it typically gets from Russia. Officials have no choice now but to enact a new plan to ensure the country stays warm through frigid winter. At the top of the list is the reopening of two nuclear plants slated for permanent closure.
Opening the plants, however, could create even more security concerns if, in fact, sabotage is in play. While natural gas escaping into the atmosphere from a busted delivery tube is a tragic environmental nightmare, it doesn’t compare to a thermonuclear event’s possible death and destruction.
Russia May Be to Blame
There is no concrete proof as of yet who sabotaged the pipeline. However, much of the West found it easy to point their fingers directly at Russia. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki believes the act marks the Kremlin’s next step in the Ukraine War. Advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Mykhailo Podolyak, took to Twitter to blame Russia for what he calls a “terrorist attack” and “act of aggression towards the EU.”
"Gas leak" from NS-1 is nothing more that a terrorist attack planned by Russia and an act of aggression towards EU. 🇷🇺 wants to destabilize economic situation in Europe and cause pre-winter panic. The best response and security investment — tanks for 🇺🇦. Especially German ones…
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) September 27, 2022
According to Reuters, Russia’s Director of Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin blames the West, without naming any one state actor, for international terrorism. The country’s top spy says the Western nations are ganging up on Moscow and hiding the truth behind the sabotage.
Just as Europe rushes to secure energy resources for the coming months, Russia looks to expand its delivery infrastructure to its eastern allies. As for the Nord Stream pipelines, they may be down indefinitely.
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