Russia claims it thwarted Ukrainian attack on South Stream pipeline

Russian security services claim to have thwarted an attempt by Ukrainian special services to carry out a “terrorist attack” on the South Stream gas pipeline. said on Thursday.

South Stream was an early 2010s project, later scrapped by Gazprom and Russia in favor of the TurkStream gas pipeline capable of transporting gas to Hungary via Turkey.

“As a result of a series of investigative measures, the FSB has prevented an attempt by the Ukrainian special services to commit an act of sabotage and terrorism on the South Stream gas pipeline that supplies energy resources to Turkey and Europe,” said Russia’s security service, the heir to the KGB.

Russian citizens “involved in the preparation and support of the terrorist attack” have been detained and mines and explosives have been seized, the FSB said, adding that the attack was planned to be carried out in southwestern Russia’s Volgograd region.

Meanwhile, Sweden said so last week traces of explosives were found near the sites of the explosions at the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, noting that the incident is “gross sabotage”.

There were gas leaks in each of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines discovers at the end of September from the infrastructure just outside Swedish and Danish territorial waters in the Baltic Sea.

Earlier this week, Gazprom said it did start reducing natural gas supply to Europe via Ukraine from next Monday after noting that part of the volumes via Ukraine did not reach Moldova. Gazprom says it has noticed that some of the gas destined for Moldova under a contract with the local gas company is being diverted through Ukraine. If the imbalance in gas transit continues, Gazprom will begin reducing gas flows through Ukraine on the morning of Nov. 28, it said.

Moldova and Ukraine on Wednesday accused Gazprom from “blackmail” for threatening to cut gas supply.

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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