E.U. Warns of ‘Strong Response’ If Energy Infrastructure Sabotaged

Although investigations into the simultaneous leaks in Nord Stream pipelines are in their early stages, European leaders, NATO and E.U. officials on Wednesday are firmly pointing to sabotage as the cause for the blasts, the Washington Post reported. Danish and Swedish authorities detected underwater explosions Monday and reported three breaches on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, pouring tons of methane into the Baltic Sea. Seismologists in Denmark and Sweden said the two blasts they detected did not appear to be earthquakes, landslides or other natural activity. “These incidents are not a coincidence and affect us all,” E.U. foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said. “All available information indicates those leaks are the result of a deliberate act.” Borrell called the disruption “utterly unacceptable.” He also mirrored earlier comments from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who said on Twitter on Tuesday: “Any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response.” Read more.