It is imperative to quickly stop the rapidly worsening Ukraine crisis (China Daily)

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Another leak has been detected in undersea pipelines linking Russia to Europe, the Swedish Coast Guard announced Thursday (September 29th).

This means that four leaks have now been detected in pipelines connecting Russia to Europe, according to the Swedish coastguard. Sweden has detected two leaks on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline on its side of the sea, while Denmark has confirmed that it has detected a leak on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines on its side.

Suggestions of sabotage quickly emerged after the detection of the first three leaks after seismologists reported explosions that ‘rocked the Baltic Sea’, with some European officials and energy experts swiftly blaming Russia’s doorstep, saying that it benefits directly from rising energy prices and economic anxiety. through Europe. Although the loss of leverage suggests otherwise.

Others have suggested Ukraine may have been responsible in an attempt to blame Russia for an attack on European Union energy infrastructure and drag NATO into the conflict on its side.

The EU has certainly responded in predictable fashion, with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell saying in a statement on behalf of the 27 members on Wednesday that: “Any deliberate disruption of Europe’s energy infrastructure is completely unacceptable and will object of a strong and united response”.

Others pointed the finger at the United States. A video clip from February showing US President Joe Biden promising to stop Nord Stream 2 from working if Russia begins its “special military operation” in Ukraine went viral on social media on Wednesday, and there were also reports in the media about the frequent presence of United States Navy ships near the waters since August.

But with no party stepping forward to claim liability, it remains to be seen whether an investigation can determine what happened, and if the damage was deliberate, who should be held liable.

Some things are certain, however. The energy crisis in Europe has undoubtedly worsened and the outlook for European countries for the coming winter is even bleaker than it was.

The Nord Stream pipeline leaks have also added even more uncertainty and complexity to the Ukraine crisis. The likely sabotage should inspire members of the global community to unite to find a peaceful solution to end the Ukraine crisis at the earliest. Not least because all countries will feel the effects.

Whether on purpose or through ignorance, leaks are a climate disaster. Huge volumes of methane, which is significantly more powerful than carbon dioxide at absorbing heat from the sun and warming the Earth, are pumped into the Baltic Sea and the atmosphere.

Talks to end the conflict are imperative to arrest the seemingly relentless spiral towards the abyss.

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Christi C. Elwood