The countries of the European Union (EU) should strengthen the protection of key infrastructure in Europe after sabotage on the Nord Stream. This was announced on Friday, October 7, by French President Emmanuel Macron following the EU summit in Prague.
“The investigation is ongoing, but we can say that we are talking about organized sabotage. It is difficult to pinpoint the source behind this. We must strengthen the ability to protect infrastructure,” said Macron, whose speech was broadcast on Twitter by the Elysee Palace.
The two-day EU summit in the Czech capital ended on Friday. It was the first meeting of a new informal organization – the European Political Community. In addition to 27 EU countries, 17 more near and far neighbors participate in it.
One of the main topics of the meeting was building relations with Moscow against the backdrop of the energy crisis.
The day before, the State Security Service of Sweden announced the completion of an investigation into leaks on the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. Inspections were carried out on October 1 and 2 by police and intelligence officers with the assistance of the coast guard, the armed forces and the police department of the republic.
A gas leak was discovered on September 26 at once on two Russian export gas pipelines – Nord Stream and Nord Stream – 2. Bjorn Lund, a representative of the Seismic Center of Sweden, said that two powerful underwater explosions were registered that day in the area of leaks in pipelines.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation initiated the initiation of a case on an act of international terrorism on the fact of an emergency on gas pipelines.
On October 6, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia received information through diplomatic channels that at present it would not be involved in the investigation of accidents on the Nord Stream (SP) and Nord Stream 2 (SP-2) gas pipelines. ). According to him, such a position is regrettable, and the investigation cannot be objective.
Earlier, on October 5, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace spoke out against Russia’s participation in the investigation of the emergency on the Nord Stream gas pipelines. According to the minister, any potential offer of assistance from Russia during the investigation will not be accepted.
Previously, Germany, Denmark and Sweden announced their intention to create a joint group to investigate the emergency at Nord Stream.
The operation of Nord Stream has been suspended since the end of August due to problems with the repair of Siemens turbines after the imposition of anti-Russian sanctions, but the pipeline remained filled with gas. Nord Stream 2, completed last year but never put into operation, has also already been filled with blue fuel.