Finland discusses with Scandinavian neighbors over Baltic Sea gas leakages
(MENAFN) Finland is in urgent discussions with four Baltic nations on the Nord Stream gas pipeline leakage, the nation’s foreign minister stated on Wednesday.
“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 informed an EU Commission session on the Baltic Sea region in the eastern Finnish town of Lappeenranta, 30 kilometers (18. 6 miles) from the Russian frontier.
Bangs around the Nord Stream pipelines were reported this week.
European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen described the leakages “sabotage,” while Danish Premier Mette Frederiksen declared they were “deliberate acts.”
Polish Premier Mateusz Morawiecki claimed the leakages “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 added.
“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 also requested.
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