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8 February, Wednesday

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Norway, Germany unveil NATO plan to protect subsea infrastructure

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Germany and Norway unveiled plans Wednesday for an informal NATO initiative aimed at joint protection of underwater infrastructure, Ednews reports citing Yeni Safak.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will be asked to set up a coordination center for the protection of underwater infrastructure, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in Berlin at a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Støre.

"Pipelines, telephone cables and Internet connections are lifelines for our states and must be specially secured. Last but not least, the attacks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines have shown the great risks here," said Scholz.

Støre expressed similar sentiments.

"It's about the safety of energy systems. I don't want to draw a sharp dividing line here between what is above and below the water. It's about gas pipelines. It's about the telecommunications infrastructure, fiber optic infrastructure and other things.

"This means we need a coordinated joint effort to ensure the security of this infrastructure," he added.

At the end of September, according to the authorities, a total of four underwater leaks were found in the two Nord Stream pipelines, from which enormous amounts of gas escaped for days.

Russia had previously been accused of being behind the explosions that damaged the gas pipelines. The Russian Defense Ministry, however, accused the West and blamed British navy personnel for blowing up the pipelines.


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