Fourth leak found on Nord Stream pipeline after claims of “sabotage”.

Two of the leaks were discovered in Sweden's'exclusive' economic zone (Image: AP/REX)

It comes as a British defense source suggested “underwater explosives” may have been involved in the incidents (Image: AP/REX).

A fourth gas leak has been discovered at the damaged Nord Stream pipelines.

The Swedish Coast Guard made the find earlier this week, a spokesman for the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet said.

The European Union suspects sabotage behind the gas leaks on Russia’s subsea pipelines to Europe and has promised a “robust response” to any deliberate disruption of its energy infrastructure.

“Two of those four are in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Jenny Larsson told the Swedish press on Wednesday.

The other two infringements are in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone.

While none of the pipelines were operational at the time of the suspected blasts, they were filled with gas that has spilled into the Baltic Sea since Monday’s ruptures.

The fourth leak was in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in close proximity to a larger hole found near Nord Stream 1, the Swedish Coast Guard said.

A UK defense source told Sky News last night he feared “underwater explosives” may have been involved in the incidents.

Pipe systems and shut-off devices at the Nord Stream 2 gas receiving station in Lubmin, Germany, Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Baltic Sea pipeline and transfer station of the Eugal gas pipeline (foreground - European Gas Link. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)

The Swedish Coast Guard discovered the leaks earlier this week but has not revealed any further details (Image: AP)

Yesterday, European leaders said “premeditated actions” caused the damage to the pipelines.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said sabotage could not be ruled out, and her words were also echoed by Sweden’s acting Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.

Meanwhile, Ukraine went so far as to say the gas leaks were a “terrorist attack” by Moscow.

The Kremlin furiously denied any involvement in “sabotage,” adding that it was “absurd” to conclude that Russia was behind major gas leaks in the Baltic Sea.

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin holds binoculars while watching the Center-2019 military exercises at the Donguz firing range near Orenburg, Russia, September 20, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that he would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons to counter Ukraine's attempt to retake control of its occupied territories, which Moscow is about to take. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia has denied allegations of “sabotage” (Image: AP)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has dismissed any suggestion that his government might be behind the incident a few kilometers from Denmark.

“It’s quite predictably and also predictably stupid to give voice to these kinds of narratives — predictably stupid and absurd,” he told reporters today.

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