Danish PM arrives at Number 10 for crunch meeting with Truss on pipeline sabotage


Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen arrived in London on Saturday for a summit with Liz Truss to discuss the recent sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines which run through the Baltic Sea. 

Ms Truss greeted the Danish leader on the steps of Number 10 where the pair shook hands.

The Prime Minister pointed out Larry the cat to her Danish counterpart with a smile.

Then the meeting moved inside for discussion on the latest ramifications of the Nord Steam leaks. 

Vladimir Putin has blamed the West for blowing up the Nord Stream pipelines while the EU, the US and NATO have denied involvement in the blasts.

The Nord Stream pipelines, which were not pumping gas to Europe when the leaks were found but had gas in them, have been flashpoints in an energy standoff between the West and Russia since its invasion of Ukraine, fuelling a cost-of-living crisis.

The EU is still investigating how Russia’s Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines burst this week, draining gas into the Baltic Sea off the coast of Denmark and Sweden. Seismologists registered explosions in the area.

The ruptures might mark the biggest single release of methane ever recorded, the United Nations Environment Programme said on Friday, as researchers detected a huge plume of methane in satellite imagery this week.

Gas will continue to pour out of Nord Stream 1 until Sunday, the Danish energy agency said on Friday, though the leak on Nord Stream 2 is expected to cease on Saturday.

 

In one of his toughest anti-American speeches in more than two decades in power, Putin signalled he was ready to continue what he called a battle for a “greater historical Russia”, slammed the West as neo-colonial and as out to destroy his country.

The four Ukrainian regions that he said Russia was absorbing had made a historic choice, he said.

“They have made a choice to be with their people, their motherland, to live with its fate, and to triumph with it.

“Truth is on our side, Russia is with us!” Putin told his country’s political elite, who had gathered in one of the Kremlin’s grandest halls to watch him sign the annexation documents.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.