The US military reportedly carried out previous raids on the site of the Nord Stream pipeline leak in the Baltic Sea.
US military helicopters repeatedly circled for hours over the site of the Nord Stream pipeline incident near the island of Bornholm in early September, data from Flightradar24 showed.
Earlier this month, a US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter spent hours hovering over the location of damaged natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea near Bornholm for several days in a row on the 1st. September 2 and 3, in particular.
Denmark’s shipping agency and the Swedish Maritime Authority on Monday reported a “dangerous” gas leak in the Baltic Sea near the route of the dormant Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which experienced an unexplained drop in pressure.
The leak, southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm, “is dangerous for maritime traffic” and “navigation is prohibited within a radius of five nautical miles from the reported position,” the agency warned in a notice to ships.
Following the incident, the German daily Tagesspiegel said on Monday that Berlin is convinced that the loss of pressure in the three gas pipelines between Russia and Germany was not a coincidence and suspects a “targeted attack”.
The cause of the incidents is unknown and an investigation is ongoing. Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Tuesday that the outage was caused by detonations, indicating sabotage.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which runs parallel to Nord Stream 1 and was intended to double Russia’s underwater gas import capacity, was blocked by Berlin in the days before the start of the war in Ukraine.
Flightradar24 showed an unidentified aircraft flying over the site. However, the aircraft’s 24-bit ICAO code included in the description allows the model to be established, which is the US Army Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk. The code is verified through open resources that collect data on military aircraft.
The aircraft tracking service also shows that the US helicopter flew over the area of the Nord Stream leak from Gdansk, Poland.
On the second day of the loitering, almost in parallel with its American counterpart, a Dutch navy NH9 helicopter was flying in the vicinity of the island of Bornholm, and is expected to have been observing American activity.
US helicopters also flew over other Nord Stream pipelines on September 10 and 19, and others hovered over the incident site for hours on the night of September 22 and 25.
Helicopters that conducted raids on the night of September 22-23 and 25-26 reportedly have particularly confusing tracks.
These revelations come after the German newspaper Der Siegel reported on Tuesday that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) warned the German government of attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipeline weeks before any incident was reported. around gas pipelines.
An informed source told the German magazine that the CIA had told Berlin a few weeks ago that there would be attacks on key pipelines that supply much of Europe’s energy from Russia.