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Damage to gas pipeline connecting Finland and Estonia underlines importance of resilience of critical infrastructure in hybrid war conditions – Defence Minister of Latvia

The damage to the gas pipeline connecting Finland and Estonia highlights the importance of the resilience of critical infrastructure in hybrid warfare conditions, Defense Minister Andris Spruds (Progressives) said in a tweet.

He stressed that the damage to the gas pipeline and a telecommunications cable connecting Finland and Estonia clearly demonstrate that the resilience and protection of critical infrastructure is of particular importance in hybrid war conditions. He is confident that Latvia is currently ensuring the protection of these facilities.

At the same time, Spruds points out that consultations between Allies are continuing in order to exchange information and decide on coordinated action.

As reported, Latvian Prime Minister Evika Silina (New Unity) has promised Latvian assistance to Estonia and Finland in case of need in connection with the damage to the Balticconnector submarine gas pipeline.

At the same time, Silina stressed that the Incukalns gas storage facility is almost full, reaching 21.5 terawatt-hours (TWh), and is ready to ensure security of supply in the Baltic region.

LETA also reported, the Balticconnector gas pipeline, which links Finland and Estonia, experienced a pressure drop on in the early hours on Sunday, shortly before 2 a.m. Based on the extent of the damages, the restoration of the gas link could take several months, according to the Finnish media.

Finnish operator Gasgrid said the cause was not yet known, but gas supplies are stable for the time being. The 77-kilometre Balticconnector pipeline, opened more than three years ago, crosses the Gulf of Finland and connects the Paldiski and Inko terminals.

Source: BNS

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