Sweden confirms new leak in Nord Stream gas pipelines

The Swedish Coast Guard on Thursday confirmed a fourth leak on the damaged Nord Stream natural gas pipelines, after ruptures reported earlier in the week. SIA refers to foreign media.

"We have leakage at two positions" off Sweden, said Coast Guard spokesperson Mattias Lindholm. There are two more off Denmark, he said.

Two of the leaks are on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which recently stopped supplying gas, while the other two are on Nord Stream 2, which never started operating. Although they were not running, both pipelines were filled with gas, which has escaped and bubbled to the surface.

The pipelines run through the Baltic Sea to transport gas from Russia to Germany. The Danish and Swedish governments believe the leaks off their countries were "deliberate actions."

"All available information indicates those leaks are the result of a deliberate act," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement Wednesday on behalf of the bloc's 27 members.

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