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Russia says it may restore damaged Nord Stream gas pipelines

by The Kyiv Independent news desk October 2, 2022 6:39 PM 1 min read
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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that there were enough technical means to repair the pipelines, only "time and funds" are needed.

Novak also claimed that the U.S., Poland, and Ukraine, were interested in damaging the pipelines built by Russia to carry gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Since Sept. 26, four leaks have been discovered in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.

Following the leaks, several Western officials including U.S. President Joe Biden called them a “deliberate act of sabotage.” Biden also accused Russian dictator Vladimir Putin of “pumping out disinformation and lies.”

Last week, Russian submarines were seen near the areas where the leaks were discovered, CNN reported, citing an unnamed Western intelligence official.

German media outlet Tagesspiegel reported, citing unnamed high-ranking German officials, that if the Nord Stream pipelines are not attended to immediately, salt water will quickly corrode the insides and they will become irreparable.

According to Manfredi Caltagirone, the UN Environment Programme acting head, the damage to the Nord Stream pipelines has most likely caused the “largest emission” of methane ever recorded, Reuters reported.

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