Nord Stream ‘gas leaks stop’ as the UK orders ‘specialist ships’ to surveil cables

Liz Truss has agreed the damage to the Nord Stream pipeline was sabotage

Big Zero Report 2022

Authorities in Denmark have said the leaks at the Nord Stream pipelines have stopped.

The Danish Energy Agency has stated that it was informed by the Nord Stream company that a stable pressure appeared to have been achieved on the two Nord Stream 1 pipelines.

It added: “This indicates that the blowout of gas from the last two leaks has now also been completed.”

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last night, Ben Wallace, British Defence Minister, said: “Putin’s reactions are wider than just Ukraine. His reach goes further. This week we saw the mysterious damage inflicted to the Nord Stream pipelines.

“It should remind us of how fragile our economy and infrastructure are to such hybrid attacks. Our intent is to protect them. Our internet and energy are highly reliant on pipelines and cables. Russia makes no secret of its ability to target such infrastructure.

“So, for that reason, I can announce we have recently committed to two specialist ships with the capability to keep our cables and pipelines safe.”

Mr Wallace said the first survey ship for seabed warfare would be purchased by the end of this year, fitted out in the UK and in operation before the end of next year.

The second ship will be built in the UK and will be designed to “cover all our vulnerabilities”.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Liz Truss met Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at Downing Street.

Both leaders agreed the incidents were clearly an act of sabotage and committed to wider cooperation aiming at the safety and security of the Baltic Sea.

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