Berlin is locked in an “Energy War” with Vladimir Putin’s Russia after the alleged sabotage of the Nordstream gas pipelines this week.
That is what German Finance Minister Christian Lindner told reporters this Thursday, as he announced a new energy price cap.
“We find ourselves in an energy war over prosperity and freedom,” he said, as he committed to capping prices in an effort to curb soaring energy costs.
He said that this move would send a “crystal clear answer to Putin that…we are strong economically.”
“After the sabotage by unknown actors in the Baltic Sea, the situation has intensified,” he added.
The Minister was referring to the major leaks in the critical NordStream 1 and NordStream 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic sea, through which Russia provides gas to Europe.
Natural gas has been pouring into the sea, with seismologists in Sweden and Denmark detecting underwater blasts near the island of Bornholm.
On Thursday Swedish authorities reported a fourth leak, which EU leaders believe is due to intentional sabotage.
According to Tagesspiegel, German security services believe that the damage has made the pipelines “unusable forever.”
While several EU and NATO allies have accused Russia of the alleged sabotage, Russia has dismissed the accusations as “stupid.”
“[That accusation is] quite predictable and also predictably stupid,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“This is a big problem for us because, firstly, both lines of Nord Stream 2 are filled with gas – the entire system is ready to pump gas and the gas is very expensive…Now the gas is flying off into the air.
“Are we interested in that? No, we are not, we have lost a route for gas supplies to Europe,” Peskov said.
Peskov appeared to imply that the US may have had a hand in the destruction of the pipelines, saying that American LNG had become a hot commodity in Europe since the outbreak of the Ukraine war.
“We see the huge profits of the U.S. suppliers of liquefied natural gas, who increased their supplies many-fold to the European continent,” he said.
“They are very, very interested in further receiving their super, super profits.”
Reportedly, the America’s CIA warned their NATO ally of Germany about possible attacks on the pipelines in the summer.
🔴 CIA warned Berlin about possible attacks on gas pipelines in summer https://t.co/ZNBimnQeea
— Amaury Brelet (@AmauryBrelet) September 27, 2022
Additionally, this week a new Baltic Pipe gas pipeline opened between Norway and Poland in a move to try and cut Russian energy dependency.
Baltic Pipe: Norway-Poland gas pipeline opens in key move to cut dependency on Russia | Euronews https://t.co/wYDkBBVv98
— Arkadiusz Mularczyk (@arekmularczyk) September 28, 2022
However, assuming sabotage, the true culprit of the attack is unknown as of yet.