Swedish PM Says Nord Stream Leaks Likely 'Sabotage'

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told a press conference on Tuesday, September 27, that it was “probable” that the leaks found in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were caused by an act of “sabotage”.

Andersson was speaking in Stockholm alongside the Foreign Minister Ann Linde and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.

The PM said: “We have Swedish information but also received information from our contact with Denmark and from that we can conclude that it is probable that this was a deliberate act. It is likely a question of sabotage.”

Andersson continued: “It is also important to point out that these detonations did not take place on Swedish or Danish waters, but rather in our countries’ economic zones and North Stream 1 and 2 are not owned by Sweden or Denmark, so this is not a question of an attack on Swedish or Danish territory.”

“We do not exclude any scenarios and we will not speculate on motive or actors, Linde said. “What we can conclude is that this is an act of probable sabotage. The security and political situation in our area and globally is uncertain and unpredictable right now, which I discussed on Saturday with the UN Secretary General in New York. It is important right now that the EU and NATO continue to stand united. That is our most important weapon.” Credit: Regeringskansliet via Storyful