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Sweden confirms Nord Stream sabotage with explosives found at blast site

BRUSSELS – The mysterious explosions that hit the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines were caused by “gross sabotage”, a Swedish prosecutor said on Friday.

In a statement, prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said the investigation found traces of explosives and several foreign objects at the Baltic Sea site.

However, the statement did not speculate on how the explosives got there or who might be to blame, but said the investigation would continue.

The explosions in late September shook a key pipeline carrying natural gas from Russia to Europe at a time when Russia was fighting an energy war on the continent.

European officials were quick to call the incident “sabotage” and some have blamed Russia, though multiple investigations continue.

“These are deliberate actions, not an accident,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told reporters on Sept. 27. “The situation is as serious as it gets.”

Russia denied responsibility for the damage. The Russian government is “extremely concerned,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the same day.

While the apparent attacks on pipelines initially sparked fears of shortages, the impact on Europe’s supply was limited, especially as the European Union had already started phasing out Russian energy in the wake of Ukraine’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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