Finland is in urgent talks with four Baltic countries about the Nord Stream gas pipeline leak, the country’s foreign minister said.
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“We have been in calls with four Baltic Sea region governments this morning. These are very acute topics and a joint EU strategy has an even more important role than ever,” Pekka Haavisto told an EU Commission conference on the Baltic Sea region in the eastern Finnish town of Lappeenranta, 30 kilometers (18. 6 miles) from the Russian border.
Explosions around the Nord Stream pipelines were reported this week.
European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen called the leaks “sabotage,” while Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said they were “deliberate acts.” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the leaks “probably mark the next step of escalation of the situation in Ukraine.”
“Was it sabotage? We don’t know, but it shows how vulnerable we are. Cutting pipelines or electricity connections reminds us what kind of world we are living in. We need a new type of thinking,” Haavisto said.
“We are in a completely new reality and perceptions of Russia have been transformed. Russia is blatantly breaking international law and its dangerous rhetoric about nuclear weapons is unacceptable. Russia must be held accountable,” he urged.
The EU foreign policy chief promised on Wednesday a “robust and united response” to "deliberate" attacks on the bloc’s energy infrastructure.
In a statement released on behalf of the European Union, Josep Borrell expressed “deep concerns” over the gas leaks detected at the Nord Stream I and II pipelines at the Baltic sea. He underlined that “these incidents are not a coincidence” and “all available information indicates those leaks are the result of a deliberate act.”
He pledged support for investigations and vowed further steps to increase the EU’s resilience in energy security. “Any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and will be met with a robust and united response,” he asserted. ■