Nord Stream One of the leaks is beginning to weaken

End of the Nord Stream 2 leaks

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which connects Russia with Germany, is no longer leaking under the Baltic Sea, a spokesman for the AFP news agency said on Saturday.

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“The water pressure has more or less closed the pipeline so that the gas inside cannot escape,” adds Ulrich Lissek, spokesman for Nord Stream 2, without being able to specify the amount.

Nord Stream 1 and 2 infrastructure, built to transport Russian gas to Europe, was damaged by underwater explosions off a Danish island in the Baltic Sea on Monday, causing intense boiling.

Information on the status of the leak at the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline was not immediately available.

The two pipelines, operated by a consortium dependent on Russian giant Gazprom, have been the objects of geopolitical arm wrestling in recent months and have been down due to the aftermath of the war in Ukraine. But both were still filled with gas.

On Friday evening, the Swedish Coast Guard announced that the leaks at Nord Stream 2 were showing major signs of weakening due to the depletion of the gas contained in the pipes.

The diameter of the surface bubble caused by the leak in the Swedish exclusive economic zone was only 20 meters wide, ten times smaller than when it started.

The leak at Nord Stream 1, stronger, had also weakened by the end of the day on Friday as a marine boiled down to 600 meters in diameter, down from 900 to 1,000 at the start.

Danish and Swedish authorities had estimated in a letter to the UN Security Council on Friday that the leaks should stop by Sunday, when tens of thousands of tons of gas in the gas pipelines are exhausted.

“All available information indicates that these explosions are the result of a deliberate act,” wrote Sweden and Denmark, without indicating a responsible country.

However, the origin of the blasts remains a mystery, with Moscow and Washington denying any responsibility.

Ukraine has claimed the leaks were the result of a “planned terrorist attack” by Russia on European countries.