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WATCH: Baltic Sea foams as gas leaks from damaged Nord Stream pipeline

Denmark's military on Tuesday released video footage showing gas bubbling on the surface of parts of the Baltic sea caused by leaks from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

WATCH: Baltic Sea foams as gas leaks from damaged Nord Stream pipeline
The Nord Stream 2 gas leakage as photographed from a Danish F-16 jet near Bornholm on September 27th 2022. Photo: Forsvaret/Ritzau Scanpix

Three gas leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were visible Tuesday in waters off Denmark with gas bubbling at the surface of the sea in areas ranging from from 200 to 1,000 metres in diameter, the Danish military said.

“The biggest leak is causing bubbling around good kilometre in diameter. The smallest is creating a circle about 200 metres” in
diameter, the military wrote in a statement accompanying photographs of the leaks off the Danish island of Bornholm.

Denmark’s military also released a video showing the surface of the sea frothing angrily as the gas escaped.

The two Nord Stream gas pipelines linking Russia and Europe have been hit by unexplained leaks, Scandinavian authorities said Tuesday, raising suspicions of sabotage.

The pipelines have been at the centre of geopolitical tensions in recent months as Russia cut gas supplies to Europe in suspected retaliation against Western sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine.

 
 

The Nord Stream 2 gas leakage as photographed from a Danish F-16 jet near Bornholm on September 27th 2022. Photo: Forsvaret/Ritzau Scanpix

One of the leaks on Nord Stream 1 occurred in the Danish economic zone and the other in the Swedish economic zone, while the Nord Stream 2 leak was in the Danish economic zone.

A leak was first reported on Nord Stream 2 on Monday.

Denmark’s energy agency has raised security alert levels at energy installations following the leaks

READ ALSO: Denmark’s energy infrastructure on alert after Nord Stream gas leakages

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POLITICS

Faroe Islands renew fishing quota deal with Russia

Denmark's autonomous Faroe Islands have renewed a fishing quota deal with Russia for one year despite Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, a local minister said on Saturday.

Faroe Islands renew fishing quota deal with Russia

“The Faroe Islands are totally right to extend their existing fishing agreement with Russia,” the North Atlantic archipelago’s minister of fisheries Arni Skaale told the Jyllands-Posten daily.

He added however that the islands, which are not part of the European Union, condemned “all form of war – also the war in Ukraine” after Russian forces invaded in February.

The agreement has been in place since 1977 and is renewable each year.

It lays out catch quotas for cod, haddock, whiting and herring in the Barents Sea north of Russia for Faroese fishermen, and in waters off the coast of the Faroe Islands for Russian fishing boats.

Dependent on fishing

The autonomous territory is highly dependent on fishing for its income, and the fisheries ministry says the deal with Russia covers 5 percent of its GDP.

Russia has become a key commercial partner of the Faroe Islands since they and neighbouring Iceland fell out with the European Union – including Denmark – between 2010 and 2014 over mackerel and herring quotas.

An EU embargo on Faroese fish harmed the economy of the territory, which then turned to other markets.

“Today we only have free trade agreements with six countries – and not with the European Union,” said Skaale.

“If we cut ourselves off from one of these markets, it could be problematic for the whole of the next generation.”

Alternatives to be considered

Authorities on the archipelago have however said they would think about alternatives to the deal with Russia after local parliamentary polls on December 8.

Last month, neighbouring Norway – a NATO member – and Russia also agreed on catch quotas in the Barents Sea for next year.

Home to some 54,000 inhabitants, the Faroe Islands have been largely autonomous from Denmark since 1948.

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