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Borrell urges not to draw premature conclusions about explosions at Nord Stream

9 March, 2023 Thursday
03:22

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned against speculation about the cause of the explosions on the Russian Nord Stream pipelines, and urged to wait for the results of the investigation

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European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned against jumping to conclusions after a media report said that a pro-Ukrainian group was behind last year's attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines. Borrell made the statement in Stockholm at a press conference following an informal meeting of EU defense ministers.

"About the Nord Stream II, these are serious things. First, never be afraid of the truth. I am not afraid of the truth. But we are talking about – for the time being – speculations. Investigations on the exact circumstances are still ongoing in Sweden, in Denmark, and in Germany. And let's be serious: as long as investigations are ongoing, we cannot draw definitive conclusions. What can I say? I have to wait to have a clear understanding of what has happened," Borrell said.

The EU High Representative emphasized that an act of sabotage on the Nord Stream gas pipelines had indeed taken place. For the European Union, this indicates the need to increase vigilance around its own critical infrastructure.

Swedish Defense Minister Pål Jonson also refrained from speculating on the cause of the pipeline explosions.

"A prosecutor's investigation is underway with the support of the Swedish security service. While this process is ongoing, we cannot draw any conclusions, we have to wait for the investigation to be completed. But I agree with the conclusions of the EU High Representative on the importance of protecting critical infrastructure, as well as raising awareness and understanding that we must also counter hybrid threats," the Swedish official summarized.

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