EU Scrambles to Protect Energy Infrastructure

BRUSSELS (Reuters) —
A reading from a seismograph on the Danish island of Bornholm shows two spikes, at 0003 and 1700 GMT, followed by a lower-level “hissing” on the day when the Nord Stream 1 and 2 Baltic gas pipelines sprang leaks one after the other. (German Centre for Georesearch/Handout via REUTERS)

The EU on Wednesday rushed to ramp up security safeguarding the bloc’s energy infrastructure in response to what it called acts of sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines, while warning of a “robust and united response” should there be more attacks.

Denmark and Sweden on Tuesday said major leaks on the two Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea were caused by deliberate acts of sabotage carried out in each of the two countries’ exclusive economic zones.

Neither pipeline was in operation amid an energy standoff between Russia and Europe. Moscow has slashed gas deliveries to Europe after the West imposed sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The European Union warned of a strong response should any of the bloc’s active infrastructure be attacked.

“Any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and will be met with a robust and united response,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement on Wednesday.

He was echoing a warning by European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen who attributed the pipeline leaks to acts of sabotage late on Tuesday.

“Any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response,” she said on social media.

Borrell announced the bloc would step up the protection of its energy infrastructure following the incidents.

“We will support any investigation aimed at getting full clarity on what happened and why, and will take further steps to increase our resilience in energy security,” he said.

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