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Russia has delivered the atropine antidote to the pipelaying vessel engaged in completing the project.
The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine on Monday, March 1, revealed in its report that workers and crew members at the ships involved in the laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipe, were supplied with stocks of a peculiar drug — atropine — which is an antidote used if someone gets poisoned with chemical warfare agents …
I should dwell a bit on what atropine and chemical warfare agents have to do with the Nord Stream 2 project, which is already more than a year behind its initial deadline and still struggling to be completed due to sanctions.
Back in October 2019, in my piece “‘Safe’ route of Nord Stream 2”, I wrote that the Danish Energy Agency had issued Nord Stream 2 AG a permit to lay a section of the gas pipe on the country’s continental shelf, southeast of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, where, after World War 2, four Soviet ships carrying chemical weapons were sunk, with a total load of 15,000 tonnes.
Also, in the eastern part of the sea off Bornholm, the Soviet fleet uncontrollably buried 8,000 tonnes of chemical munitions. The hazardous load was being dropped along the entire route to the designated burial site. So at the time the ship carrying the deadly load arrived at the site, it actually weighed less.
According to the letter by the Soviet Minister of Internal Affairs, S. Kruglov, addressed to Joseph Stalin, dated August 1948, the dumping of chemical weapons was indeed done randomly. This is the quote from that letter: “Often, due to poor visibility and heavy storms, shells with chemical warfare agents are thrown into the sea beyond the designated areas.”
And now, let’s get back from the echo of the past to modern-day realities. The thing is that the only vessel with dynamic positioning that Russia has is the Akademik Chersky, which requires serious additional modernization, which in turn no Western company is ready to carry out. Once again, that’s because of the looming threat of being sanctioned. Meanwhile, Russia is unable to carry out such modernization due to the lack of appropriate technologies.
Therefore, Russia hastened to obtain from Copenhagen a permit to use a vessel with anchor positioning, which was the Fortuna pipelayer, which simultaneously applies 12 anchors! That is, while previously it was only the immediate pipelaying posed a risk of engaging hazardous deposits on the Baltic Sea bottom, now those 12 anchors have added up to that risk as they are literally plowing the sea bed.
It is difficult to imagine a scale of disaster is anything of this kind happens, but the Russians have already supplied to the pipelaying ship ampoules with atropine. On the other hand, not only such an emergency could harm the ship and the infrastructure facility, as well as lead to the human casualties, it could also but also inflict serious damage to the environment in the area of Bornholm Island and the entire Baltic Sea.
What an irony… The descendants of “Europe liberators” are working on dirty minefields planted by their ancestors across Europe.