Gas is leaking into the Baltic Sea from two of Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines. Several sources, including officials in Denmark, Sweden, and Poland, have suggested (so far without citing any evidence) that the damage to the pipelines was deliberate.
It may be sabotage. Or it may be Russian incompetence. Given the country’s culture of corruption, were the welds in the pipeline all properly inspected? Were all the joints properly treated with anti-corrosion material?
Were they pipelines built with explosive charges to be used to cut them in time of war? If so, did they go off accidentally? Or on purpose?
And is the timing purely coincidental?
I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don’t trust coincidences.
‘Tis a puzzlement.
Leaks happening in different pipelines is not that an unusual thing. But two big leaks developing at the same time in two pipelines built at different times is highly unusual.