Explosions at Nord Stream gas pipelines signal escalation to 'hybrid war' as Russia weaponizes energy, analyst says




Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Lubmin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania; Vladimir Putin
Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Lubmin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania; Vladimir Putin  
  • The Nord Stream pipeline explosions are a major escalation of the energy crisis, according to analyst Simone Tagliapietra.

  • "Today, Russia brought its energy weaponisation against Europe to the next level: from economic to hybrid war," tweeted the senior fellow at the think tank Bruegel.

  • The EU called the explosions a "deliberate act," and NATO pointed to sabotage.

Explosions at Nord Stream gas pipelines mark a major escalation in the European energy crisis stemming from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to analyst Simone Tagliapietra. 

A senior fellow at the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel, he tweeted on Tuesday that "Russia brought its energy weaponisation against Europe to the next level: from economic to hybrid war. Need to adjust our response and preparedness accordingly."

The explosions occurred on the same day that a separate gas pipeline from Norway to Poland that flows in the same vicinity of the Nord Stream pipelines officially opened.

Tagliapietra also tweeted that security and surveillance of key infrastructure across Europe should be reinforced.

"If what we have seen today happens at any of our pipelines from Norway or Algeria during the winter, we are in real trouble," he warned.

The EU called the explosions a "deliberate act," and NATO pointed to sabotage. Both Norway and Denmark have increased security measures surrounding their oil and gas infrastructure.

The US is supporting efforts to investigate the "apparent sabotage" of the Nord Stream pipelines, a national security advisor said, while two senior German lawmakers have pointed the finger at Russia.

The US Central Intelligence Agency warned Germany weeks ago about potential attacks on Nord Stream, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Tuesday.

While the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 are shuttered and not delivering gas to Europe, European natural gas futures jumped 11% Wednesday as investors assessed the new risks to pipelines. Russia's Gazprom also threatened to shut down a gas pipeline that runs through Ukraine, which is the last one that still serves Western Europe.

Europe is contending with an energy crisis in response to a major gas crunch as Russia's war on Ukraine continues. The Kremlin has halted flows to a swath of countries and has threatened to cut off more if countries join in on Western sanctions and penalties in response to Moscow's war.

 

COMMENTS

More Related News

Explosive Leak of
Explosive Leak of 'Presidential Lockdown Order' Roils Kremlin
  • World
  • 2022-11-30 17:30:25Z

Valeriy Sharifulin/Sputnik/AFP via GettyRussia appears to have taken one giant step closer to turning into North Korea as problems pile up at home, even as...

Russia
Russia's Lavrov: military confrontation between nuclear powers must be avoided

Lavrov also said the West was pushing Ukraine to continue fighting against Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a series of thinly veiled...

EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes
EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes
  • World
  • 2022-11-30 10:07:50Z

The European Union proposed Wednesday to set up a U.N.-backed specialized court to investigate possible war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, and to use...

NATO seeks to ease war impact on Bosnia, Georgia, Moldova
NATO seeks to ease war impact on Bosnia, Georgia, Moldova
  • World
  • 2022-11-30 08:46:25Z

NATO turned its attention on Wednesday to three countries shaken by Russia's invasion of Ukraine - Bosnia, Georgia and Moldova - as the military alliance...

Ukraines Permanent Representative to UN suggests Russia be called Muscovy
Ukraines Permanent Representative to UN suggests Russia be called Muscovy
  • World
  • 2022-11-29 20:24:11Z

Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, believes that Ukraine could approve a law according to which Russia will be...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Economy