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EU should protect infrastructure after sabotage of Nord Stream pipelines, says Parliament leader



MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Speculation on the issue of responsibility for the Nord Stream incident should be avoided and EU member states should focus on adequate preparation to protect their regional infrastructure in the event of the unexpected, has declared the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, on Friday.

“Without speculating, I would say, without creating panic, we have to wait and see who the culprits were. But I also think that we have to be better prepared for activities like these in our seas, not only in the Baltic Sea but And And for that, we are going to be the ones waiting and demanding that the results be seen,” Metsola said ahead of the informal EU summit on the sidelines of the European Political Community summit in Prague.

On September 26, a rapid drop in gas pressure and leaks were recorded on gas pipelines of the Russian-led Nord Stream network that runs under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany. According to Sweden, Germany and Denmark, the incidents could be the result of sabotage. The operator, Nord Stream AG, said it was impossible to estimate a time frame for the repair work.
On September 30, the UN Security Council held an urgent meeting on the Nord Stream pipelines. While all council members condemned the alleged sabotage as unacceptable, Russia was later rejected from participating in the international investigation into the incident.

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office investigated the pipeline incidents as acts of international terrorism.

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