11:09 a.m., September 30, 2022
The investigation into the leaks from the two Russian gas pipelines already promises to be very difficult. The United Nations Security Council is addressing the issue this Friday in New York. It will be a question of bringing elements to clarify the circumstances of the potential sabotage. For their part, Denmark and Sweden are beginning investigations.
Probe the bottom of the Baltic Sea for clues. This is the procedure put forward by Denmark and Sweden to begin their investigations into the suspicious leaks from the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines. The research will first focus on the location of the explosions, 70 meters deep. A difficult investigation because only five to six countries in the world know how to operate so far under the sea. Consequence: even if it is the most studied, the Russian track is not the only one. Another potential obstacle to the investigation: the modus operandi. The most probable would be the use of mines.
Will the elements collected in the survey be reliable?
Devices with a total output of about six tons of TNT for the four explosions may have been installed several weeks ago and trigger remotely when required. It would therefore be necessary to trace the passage of hundreds of boats to identify the one that stopped vertically above the gas pipelines. Finally, it will take one to two weeks for the specialists to get there. Delays that leave time for the currents to clean up.
Any debris found on site can also be misleading. The secret services often use weapons originating from countries other than their own to hide their misdeeds. The research is closely monitored by Paris. According to the analysis of the facts carried out within the French government and sources contacted by Europe 1, this is a warning sent to the West about its fragility in an area criss-crossed with easily accessible cables and tubes.