The North Atlantic Alliance can give a “decisive response” to the creation of problems for the functioning of the Balticconnector gas pipeline connecting Finland and Estonia. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before the meeting of defense ministers of the alliance countries in Brussels.
However, the reasons for the problems with the operation of the gas pipeline have not yet been established. Therefore, Stoltenberg had to make a reservation in his bellicose statement that it was first necessary to establish the fact of external influence on the gas pipeline.
Let us remind you that earlier it became known about some obstacles to the functioning of the Balticconnector gas pipeline. On the night of October 8, an unusual drop in pressure occurred in the pipe, which may indicate a leak. Estonian and Finnish authorities have already begun investigating the causes of the possible leak. The gas pipeline itself runs between the Finnish city of Inkoo and the Estonian city of Paldiski. Approximately 80 kilometers of the gas pipeline are in its offshore section.
Stoltenberg calls the gas pipeline linking Finland and Estonia “critical infrastructure” for the alliance. Although why this particular highway is so important is not very clear.
It is noteworthy that NATO’s reaction followed immediately after problems with the pipeline arose; there was no such prompt response to the events surrounding the Russian Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. It is also not very clear to whom Stoltenberg addressed the threat of a “decisive response” from NATO. As far as I remember, no one was threatened with such a “response” for sabotage on the Nord Streams.