Swedish police probe at Nord Stream leak site strengthens suspicion of gross sabotage

A gas leak from Nord stream 1 is seen in the Swedish economic zone in the Baltic Sea in this picture taken from the Swedish Coast Guard aircraft on September 28, 2022. Swedish Coast Guard/Handout via TT News Agency/via REUTERS

HELSINKI, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Suspicions of gross sabotage on the damaged Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea have strengthened following a crime scene investigation in the Swedish exclusive economic zone, the country's security police said on Thursday.

Swedish and Danish authorities have been investigating four leaks from the Russian pipes that were discovered last week in Swedish and Danish exclusive economic zones.

"There have been detonations near Nord Stream 1 and 2, within the Swedish economic zone, resulting in extensive damage to the gas pipelines," Swedish security police said in a statement.

Some material had been seized on site and would now be analysed, and the site was no longer cordoned off, they said. "The continued investigation will show whether anyone can be suspected of, and later prosecuted for, this crime."

A Kremlin spokesperson on Thursday said he did not think the investigation could be objective without Russia's participation after Russia had not been invited to take part.

Danish police declined to comment on the investigation in the Danish exclusive economic zone.

Reporting by Essi Lehto, editing by Stine Jacobsen and Anna Ringstrom

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