NATO and the EU will strengthen the protection of gas pipelines and key infrastructure

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO and the European Union (EU) will launch a task force to strengthen the protection of critical infrastructure in response to the attack on Nord Stream gas pipelines last year and the “militarization energy” by Russia, the leaders of the two organizations said on Wednesday.

According to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the sabotage of gas pipelines between Russia and Germany in the Baltic Sea last September revealed the need to “deal with this new type of threat”.

“This is a task force where our experts from NATO and the European Union will work hand in hand to identify the main threats to our critical infrastructure and examine strategic vulnerabilities. we have,” she said in Brussels, alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Western and Russian officials have blamed each other for the explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, but Swedish and Danish officials investigating the attack have not named possible culprits.

Ursula Von der Leyen said the working group would initially present proposals on transport, energy, digital and space infrastructure.

Jens Stoltenberg, speaking just before meeting Ursula von der Leyen to discuss security issues, said the task force would be part of increased cooperation between NATO and the EU.

“Resilience and protection of critical infrastructure is a key part of our joint efforts, as we have seen with President Putin’s weaponization of energy and… the sabotage of the North Stream gas pipelines,” he said. he declared.

“We want to examine together how to make our critical infrastructure, technologies and supply chains more resilient to potential threats and take steps to mitigate potential vulnerabilities.”

(Report Andrew Gray, French version Augustin Turpin, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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