Explosion on another Baltic gas pipeline. There was a Russian and Chinese footprint

Finland is investigating the damage to the Balticconnector gas pipeline. A Chinese and a Russian ship were in the pipeline area at the time of the accident.

According to investigator Risto Loh of the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement officials managed to determine that at the time of the accident, a Chinese ship under the flag of Hong Kong and a Russian nuclear-powered barge, NS Siewmorput, were in the Balticconnector area found. .

– During the research, traffic in this specific maritime area is examined in much more detail than open sources allow. In addition to the movements of ships, their history and previous activities are also monitored in cooperation with the authorities of other countries, he explained.

It is noted that the investigation into the gas pipeline incident is still ongoing. Improved weather conditions made it possible to carry out diving work and inspect the damage site.

Explosion on a gas pipeline

On October 10, Finland reported damage to the Balticconnector gas pipeline connecting the country with Estonia. The installation runs on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo said the incident had no impact on the country’s connection to the gas pipeline. The Finnish Coast Guard reported that the damage to the pipeline was significant.

As reported by the media, on the day the gas pipeline was damaged, seismologists recorded measurements indicating a possible explosion. The magnitude was 1.0 on the Richter scale.

Later, Swedish Minister of Civil Protection Karl-Oscar Bolin announced that the telecommunications cable connecting Sweden to Estonia had also been damaged.

NATO response

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced a “strong response” from the Alliance if it is confirmed that the damage to the Balticconnector underwater gas pipeline between Estonia and Finland was a deliberate act of sabotage by a third party.

– Now it is important to determine what happened and how it could have happened. If it is proven that this was a deliberate attack on critical NATO infrastructure, it will be a serious incident and NATO will provide a united and decisive response, Stoltenberg said at the October 11 meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels took place.

Source: Do Rzeczy