Speaking to the Danish news agency Politiken, she said: “It is hard to imagine that it is accidental. We cannot rule out sabotage, but it is too early to conclude.”
Her comments follow Danish and Swedish maritime authorities which identified the leaks and set up an exclusion zone for ship traffic.
A Swedish Maritime Administration told ELN: “Due to leaks on the gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and Nordstream 2 in international waters in Danish and Swedish exclusive economic zones just outside Bornholm, the Maritime Administration has sent out navigational warnings on Navtext and VHF that ships should stay away from the area.
“There are also warnings issued for aircraft with a safety altitude of 1,000 metres.”