Nord Stream 2 AG, the operating company of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction, reported provocations of warships and civilian vessels in the security area of the project. According to director of the company’s branch office, such hostile actions may lead to emergency damage to the gas pipeline.
“We are talking about apparently planned and prepared provocations, both with the use of fishing vessels and warships, submarines and aircraft in order to obstruct the implementation of the economic project. This is perhaps the first and unprecedented case of this kind in history. “
On March 28, an unidentified submarine appeared on the surface in the security zone of the pipe-laying vessel “Fortuna” at a distance of less than one mile, while the 1.5-mile security zone was established for the Nord Stream 2 project.
“Given that Fortuna’s anchor lines are located more than one mile away, the submarine’s actions could have disabled the entire pipe-lay barge’s anchor positioning system and lead to accidental damage to the pipeline.”
Warships of foreign states are constantly passing in the vicinity of the technical vessels conducting construction of the pipeline, and at the Polish anti-submarine aircraft PZL-Mielec М-28В1 Rbi is also regularly spotted at low altitude and at close range.
A video allegedly showing a Polish ship ramming Nord Stream 2 supply vessel emerged online amid the claims of provocations. No exact information on time and place where this video was made was not provided.
The construction of Nord Stream 2 stands pressure from the United States, Poland and Baltic States. Washington claims that the pipeline poses a threat to Europe’s energy security, aiming to conquer European markets for American shale gas. After having imposed numerous sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the pipeline, the U.S. together with Poland demonstrate their reediness to resort to military methods. The U.S. desperation is evident, as they only managed to slow down the pipeline project, but not to stop it. Berlin steadily proclaims its commitment to Nord Stream 2, and the project should be accomplished this year, since the work is 90–92% complete.
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