MINSK, 30 September (BelTA) – Russia will be blamed for blowing up its own gas pipelines. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he received credentials from foreign ambassadors on 30 September, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “A gas pipeline has been blown up in the Baltic Sea. A campaign to blame Russia for blowing up its own gas pipeline for the sake of stopping gas deliveries to Europe will begin soon. When Europe starts freezing, people in Europe will be told that Russia is to blame for it.”
Several lines of the gas pipeline Nord Stream have lost pressure. The news agency TASS quoted Nord Stream AG, the company operating the pipeline, as saying that consequences of the destruction of the gas pipelines Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 that occurred on 26 September are unprecedented.
Nord Stream AG pointed out that incidents on three lines of the gas transport infrastructure happened virtually at the same time. Nothing like that had ever happened.
It is speculated that the three lines of the gas pipelines were damaged by deliberate acts of sabotage.
The repair of the three lines of the gas pipelines Nord Stream can take more than half a year, according to Pavel Zavalny, Chairman of the Energy Committee of Russia's State Duma. The MP believes that two technologies can be used to repair the gas pipelines Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2. A closed caisson can be used to fix the pipes underwater. Or the pipes can be lifted to the surface of the sea for repairs.