European Council President Charles Michel has announced that a summit of European leaders to be held later in the week in Prague will focus on protecting the European Union’s basic infrastructure in the wake of the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline to the Baltic Sea.
“The sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline poses a threat to the European Union and we are determined to ensure the security of our basic infrastructure,” Michel said after meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
The Danish Prime Minister also met with Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg.
According to a Danish-Swedish report submitted to the UN, “the gas leak at four sections of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea was caused by underwater explosions equivalent to hundreds of kilograms of explosives”, and further: “All available information indicates that these explosions are the result of a deliberate action.”
The NATO Secretary General has previously stressed that “Allies will protect their strategic infrastructure and will be involved in the ongoing investigation to determine who is behind these attacks.”
The leaders of the countries of the European Union will meet next Thursday in Prague with their counterparts representing 17 countries of the “Greater Europe” to “solve the problems associated with the Russian military operation in Ukraine and launch the project of the European political group.” “
This meeting will be followed by an informal summit of the bloc on Friday.
Notably, two Russian Nord Stream gas pipelines bound for Europe via the Baltic Sea leaked gas two days ago amid conflicting analyzes as to the truth of what happened, as Russian authorities accuse unnamed parties of attacking its line, while the West accuses Moscow of not preserving this important energy artery, which is the largest supplier of gas and oil to many European capitals.
Source: El Nashra