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- Norway sent its military to guard part of the Nord Stream pipeline network as a safety precaution following a series of leaks that European authorities believe were deliberately made.
- Russia and Western countries have accused one another of sabotaging the pipelines.
- An investigation into the leaks continues, and no suspect has been named.
Following the discovery of a series of gas leaks in the Nord Stream pipeline network in the Baltic Sea, Norway deployed its military to gas processing plants to protect the flow of resources coming from Russia to Europe.
European authorities believe the pipeline leaks were deliberately made but have not identified any suspects. That didn’t stop a Facebook post from blaming the United States.
"Norway readies its military to counter Biden," the Oct. 5 post claimed.
The post also included a nearly four-minute video that went into more detail. It showed a news report from TFI Global, an India-based media company that describes itself as providing an "alternate non-mainstream narrative to news lovers."
A woman in the video claimed the U.S. wants to "destroy Europe," first by prolonging the war between Russia and Ukraine, then by attacking the Nord Stream network.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook.)
Although the investigation into the leaks continues, suspects haven’t been named. And there is no evidence that Norway employed its military "to counter Biden." Here’s what we know.
Four separate leaks were reported Sept. 26 from the Nord Stream pipelines following a series of underwater explosions. Nord Stream 1 and 2 are natural gas pipelines from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea.
Danish and Swedish authorities have been investigating the leak and Oct. 6 reported that they found evidence of "detonations … which have caused extensive damage to the gas pipelines."
Although European authorities believe the pipelines were sabotaged by "state actors" on behalf of a foreign country, they have identified no suspects.
Russia and Western countries have traded blame for the leaks.
Norwegian officials said the country deployed its soldiers to offshore oil and gas processing plants in the Baltic Sea out of an abundance of caution to increase security around the pipelines and to ease concerns among plant workers, Reuters reported.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said during a news conference that Britain, France and Germany will also help Norway patrol the area.
The increased military presence is unrelated to Biden, and Norway has made no public statements implying the U.S. caused the leaks.
A Facebook post claims Norway sent soldiers to guard the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea to protect them from the U.S. government following the discovery of leaks.
Norway did deploy its military to guard part of the pipeline network as a safety precaution. But it did not blame the U.S. for the leaks. Investigators have said they believe the leaks were the result of detonations and likely sabotage, but no suspects have been named.
We rate this claim False.
TFI Media, homepage, accessed Oct. 6, 2022
The Guardian, "Sweden reports fourth Nord Stream pipeline leak," Sept. 29, 2022
Swedish Security Service, "Strong suspicion of gross sabotage in the Baltic Sea," Oct. 6, 2022
Reuters, "Norway posts soldiers at oil, gas plants after Nord Stream leaks," Oct. 3, 2022
Reuters, "Norway will patrol its oil and gas platforms with help from allies, PM says," Sept. 30, 2022
FlightAware, FFAB123, accessed Oct. 6, 2022
The New York Times, "Back in the Fight," Oct. 4, 2022
Deutsche Welle, "Fact check: US helicopter flight no proof of sabotage of Nord Stream pipeline," Sept. 30, 2022
Associated Press, "West rejects Putin’s claim it sabotaged Baltic gas pipelines," Sept. 30, 2022
The White House, "Remarks by President Biden on Hurricane Ian Federal Response Efforts," Sept. 30, 2022
Bloomberg, "Germany Implies Russia to Blame for Damage to Gas Pipelines," Sept. 30, 2022
Reuters, "If Russia invades Ukraine, there will be no Nord Stream 2, Biden says," Feb. 7, 2022
The White House, Statement by President Biden on Nord Stream 2, Feb. 23, 2022
CNBC, "Germany halts approval of gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 after Russia’s actions," Feb. 22, 2022
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