Nord Stream pipelines were sabotaged, Swedish prosecutor says

The blasts that damaged the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in September were caused by “gross sabotage,” a Swedish prosecutor said on Friday.

Mats Ljungqvist, the prosecutor in charge, said in a statement that “traces of explosives on several of the foreign objects” were found during the investigations on the pipelines connecting Russia and Europe under the Baltic Sea.

Those blasts have likely rendered the energy infrastructure unusable, according to the German government.

Swedish authorities refrained from pointing to a suspect. “Advanced analysis work continues so that we can draw more reliable conclusions about the case,” Ljungqvist said.

Some European leaders, including Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, are all but directly accusing Russia of being behind the explosions. Moscow denied any responsibility for the damage and accused the U.K. of “directing” the blasts.

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