Kremlin says it's 'stupid and absurd' to accuse Russia of Nord Stream gas leaks

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A composite image of part of the Nord Stream gas pipeline and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Daniel Reinhardt/Picture Alliance via Getty Images
A composite image of part of the Nord Stream gas pipeline and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Daniel Reinhardt/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

The Kremlin said Wednesday it was "stupid and absurd" to suspect that Russia was behind gas leaks on the Nord Stream pipelines to Europe, deemed to be a "deliberate act" by the EU.

"It's quite predictable and also predictably stupid to give voice to these kinds of narratives — predictably stupid and absurd," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters after Ukraine said the leaks were a "terrorist attack" by Moscow.

Peskov said the leaks were "quite problematic" for Moscow.

"Both branches were filled with gas, ready for pumping, and this gas is very expensive. Now this gas is disappearing into the air," Peskov said.

"I want to urge everyone to think before making any statements, to wait for results of the investigation," he added.

"This is a situation that requires dialogue, prompt interaction on the part of all sides to find what happened. So far we see an absolute lack of such dialogue," Peskov said.

Three unexplained gas leaks, preceded by two explosions, occurred on the Baltic Sea's Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines on Monday.

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 military intervention in Ukraine.

Built in parallel to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Nord Stream 2 was intended to double the capacity for Russian gas imports to Germany.

But Berlin blocked the newly completed Nord Stream 2 in the days before Moscow sent troops to Ukraine.

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