European Union vows retaliation if energy network is attacked


Brussels (AP) — the European Union Two underwater natural gas pipelines It is warning of retaliation for attacks on Europe’s energy networks, officials said Wednesday.

The EU’s head of foreign policy, Josep Borrell, said in a statement on behalf of the bloc’s 27 members, “All available information indicates that these leaks were the result of deliberate acts. “Deliberate disruption of Europe’s energy infrastructure is totally unacceptable and requires a strong and united response.”

On Tuesday, seismologists reported that unusual leaks had been found in two underwater natural gas pipelines from Russia to Germany after explosions rattled the Baltic Sea. The incident comes as the EU struggles to contain rising gas and electricity prices.

Some European leaders and experts believe that an energy confrontation with Russia war in ukraineThree leaks were reported in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which are filled with natural gas but do not supply fuel to Europe.

The pipeline will allow gas to be piped to Germany without passing through Ukraine or Poland. Analysts say the damage means it will likely not be able to bring gas to Europe this winter, even if the political will to bring it online appears.

Borrell said the EU would support an investigation of the damage and would “take further steps to increase resilience in energy security”.

A gas pipeline leak was discovered off the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea of ​​Denmark. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said: “The authorities have unequivocally assessed that these were deliberate actions and not an accident.”

Frederiksen said the leak occurred on the high seas and rejected suggestions that the incident was an attack on Denmark.

Danish Defense Minister Morten Buzkov met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday to discuss the incident. The Danish Ministry of Defense said it also believed that “the violation occurred as a result of a deliberate act”.

Bødskov said in a statement: “There is reason to be concerned about the security situation in the Baltic region. I look forward to continuing.”


Jan M. Olsen from Copenhagen contributed to this report.