(MENAFN) Moscow has expressed "great worry" over recent damage to the two Nord Stream gas pipelines that connect Russia and Europe in the Baltic Sea.
On Monday, the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines experienced unexpected leaks. According to the Swedish Maritime Administration, the Nord Stream 1 breaches were discovered on Monday evening, hours after a reduction in pressure was recorded in Nord Stream 2. (SMA).
According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, the three leaks drastically reduced pressure in the gas pipeline.
"Yesterday, information appeared both from Gazprom and from the operating company," Peskov asserted.
He also stated, "This is very disturbing news. Indeed, we are talking about some destruction to the pipeline, it is not yet clear what kind."
"This is a completely unprecedented situation that requires urgent investigation. We are extremely concerned about this news," Peskov highlighted.
The 1,200-kilometer Nord Stream pipeline was damaged in the Danish economic zone.
"Given both lines were still pressured and each has the capacity to pipe around 165mn cubic meters of methane-heavy gas per day, leaks of this size are a severe safety and environmental hazard," according to Henning Gloystein, at the group.
The pipelines' Swiss-based operator, Nord Stream, said the accidents were "unusual," but that the majority of the leaking methane will dissolve in the sea.
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