German federal prosecutors announced an investigation into suspected blasts that damaged gas pipelines between Russia and Europe. Berlin has now joined Denmark and Sweden in gathering clues about the Baltic Sea leaks.
The Kremlin has called for Russia's participation in investigations into last week's explosions in the two Nord Stream gas pipelines. Meanwhile, Estonia's defense minister recommended a NATO "submarine policing" program.
As European leaders were warning of sabotage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, Poland and Norway inaugurated a new conduit that will reduce dependence on Russian gas. The move underscores the urgency of EU economies' search for new energy sources.
Russian gas supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline have been cut to just 20% of capacity. But the EU's energy commissioner has told DW that contingency plans for the winter are already being formulated.
Economy Minister Robert Habeck has pushed forward the timetable for Germany's fossil fuel exit and paved the way for the country's first national gas reserve in order to wean the country off of Russian gas.
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