The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office speaks on its Telegram channel of “deliberate acts to damage the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines laid on the Baltic Sea floor”. These were committed “no later than September 26, 2022 in the area of the island of Bornholm”.
Moscow justified the investigation by saying that the damage to the pipelines had “inflicted considerable economic damage on Russia”. Gazprom pumped gas to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline until the end of August, but then stopped these deliveries, citing technical problems that allegedly could not be solved due to sanctions. The federal government called the reason advanced and suspected political motives behind the delivery stop.
Nord Stream 2 was also filled with Russian gas. Moscow has repeatedly offered the pipeline as a possible replacement for Nord Stream 1 in recent months, but Germany has not certified the pipeline. Since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, commissioning has been ruled out.