NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised a “strong response” if a deliberate attack on the Balticconnector gas pipeline between Estonia and Finland is proven. This is what he’s talking about reported at a briefing with the president Vladimir Zelensky in Brussels.
According to him, if it is proven that the pipeline between Estonia and Finland was damaged as a result of a deliberate attack, then this “will be serious.”
“This will be met with a united and decisive response from NATO,” Stoltenberg said.
On Sunday, October 8, due to an emergency situation stopped gas supplies via Balticconnector, an undersea gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia
Gasgrid and Elering are preparing an operation to investigate the causes and determine the location of the likely leak. For this purpose, it is planned to use various technical methods, including echo sounding and underwater video recording.
How long it will take for repairs is still unknown. It takes several days just to inspect the pipe. And if it turns out that there really is a hole in the pipeline, repair work may take several months, depending on the nature of the damage.
- Explosions on the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines happened September 26, 2022 in the economic zones of Sweden and Denmark. Both countries believe the explosions were deliberate and are investigating to identify those responsible.
- The New York Times, citing sources in American intelligence reported that the sabotage of gas pipelines was allegedly carried out by pro-Ukrainian groups. The US National Security Council has not confirmed these data.
- In March 2023, Zelensky denied Ukraine’s involvement in sabotage on the Nord Streams. At the beginning of June, he once again stated that Kyiv was not involved in these explosions.
- Sweden expects to complete the investigation by the end of 2023.
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