October 3, 2022 Russia-Ukraine News

The Swedish coastguard said a leak from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline had not stopped but rather grown in size, according to Swedish authorities.

Following an overflight of the leak scene on Monday morning, a leak from Nord Stream 1 was no longer visible and can therefore be said to have stopped, the Swedish coast guard said.

However, “the smallest of Nord Stream 2 is rather slightly larger than yesterday” and was about 30 meters in diameter, the coast guard said in a statement.

The coast guard added that they were taking “emergency” action longer than expected, due to the larger leak.

The coastguard’s announcement came after Russian state energy supplier Gazprom said earlier that all leaks had stopped in both pipelines, but said it was still working to “reduce the pressure in the line B of the Nord Steam 2” gas pipeline.

It is unclear whether the pressure in Line B could cause the largest leak found by the Coast Guard.

The pipelines, which run under the Baltic Sea near Sweden and Denmark, were created to bring Russian gas to the European Union.

More background: When Swedish authorities first cited the leaks on Tuesday, it sparked fears of Europe’s dependence on Russian energy, a problem that has only worsened since Moscow invaded. Ukraine in February.

European leaders were quick to denounce the leaks, with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell saying the leaks were likely “the result of a deliberate act”. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called them a “sabotage action”.

US President Joe Biden said the leaks were a ‘deliberate act of sabotage’, after it emerged European security officials observed Russian Navy support ships near leaks on Monday and Tuesday. Nord Stream pipelines probably caused by underwater explosions.

At the time, it was unclear whether the ships had anything to do with the explosions, these and other sources said – adding it was one of several factors investigators would probe.

CNN’s Allie Malloy, Maegan Vazquez, Katie Bo Lillis, Natasha Bertrand and Kylie Atwood contributed reporting.

Christi C. Elwood