PRAGUE, 7 Oct – PRIME. It is necessary to wait for the results of the investigation of the emergency at Nord Stream without panic, and at the same time, one should prepare for similar incidents in the future, said the head of the European Parliament, Robert Metsola, before the informal EU summit in Prague called.
“I believe that we need to wait without panic for information about who did this. But I believe that we should be better prepared for such actions in our waters,” he said.
The emergency at once on two Russian export gas pipelines to Europe – Nord Stream and Nord Stream – 2 – occurred on September 26. Germany, Denmark and Sweden do not rule out targeted sabotage. The Nord Stream operator Nord Stream AG reported that the state of emergency on gas pipelines is unprecedented and it is impossible to estimate the repair time.
Gazprom reported on October 3 that the pressure in the damaged Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines had stabilized, gas leaks had stopped, and gas was being pumped out of another Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to check its integrity. In turn, the Swedish Coast Guard said that day that a “smaller” leak from Nord Stream 2 was continuing and even increasing slightly.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation initiated the initiation of a case on an act of international terrorism after the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced the government’s determination to refuse Russia’s participation in the investigation of the sabotage and the identification of those responsible. As stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, only if Russia is involved in the investigation of the terrorist attacks on the Nord Streams, it can be considered reliable and objective.