MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. A ship chartered by the Nord Stream operator arrived at the alleged location of the pipeline damage in the exclusive economic zone of Sweden, the survey may take 3-5 days, Nord Stream AG, the operator of the pipeline, said in a statement on Thursday.
"A specially equipped vessel chartered by Nord Stream AG arrived at the alleged location of the pipeline damage in the exclusive economic zone of Sweden. After carrying out the calibration works, the specialists will be ready within 24 hours to start the survey of the damaged area that would take 3-5 days according to current estimates," the operator said.
"As part of the survey of the gas pipeline section in the Danish exclusive economic zone, Nord Stream AG still awaits the decision of the authorities on granting necessary permits for the damage assessment," the operator added.
Four leaks were discovered in late September on the Nord Stream gas link, with the most recent one pinpointed by Sweden’s coast guard. On September 27, operator Nord Stream AG reported that three lines of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 offshore gas pipelines had suffered unprecedented damage. The first leak was identified on Nord Stream 2 near the Danish Island of Bornholm. Then two leaks were recorded at Nord Stream. Swedish seismologists later reported that two explosions had been recorded along the Nord Stream pipelines on the previous day.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the situation on the West, where they had "actually began to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure".