The Swedish Coast Guard has detected a fourth gas leak in one of the Nord Stream pipelines that cross under the Baltic Sea carrying natural gas from Russia to Europe. According to the Swedish press, the leak was found on Nord Stream 2, and is close to another large stain almost a kilometer in diameter made by gas flowing out of Nord Stream 1 and detected earlier this week.
Neither of the two pipelines was pumping gas at the time of the incidents, which the international community has described as acts of “sabotage.” Nord Stream 1, which had been in operation since 2011, stopped supplying gas to Europe in early September in retaliation for European Union sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And Nord Stream 2, which runs parallel to the latter along the seabed between the Russian and German coasts, never got off the ground. The German government halted its certification days before the war began.