Niinistö: Security threat at a new level after the Nord Stream explosion

Niinistö: Security threat at a new level after the Nord Stream explosion

“In general, safety concerns have resurfaced everywhere, and not just because of this pipeline. Safety-oriented thinking should emerge even stronger.”

Along with the three leaks detected near Bornholm, a Danish island off the southern coast of Sweden, another significant recent development is the partial mobilization announced by the Russian president. Vladimir Putin.

Today, the Finnish government makes a decision in principle that effectively stops the flow of tourists from Russia to Finland. The entry ban is not justified by the security threat posed by tourists, but by the damage they cause to Finland’s international reputation.

On Wednesday, Niinistö refused to comment on whether he thinks the authorities should re-evaluate the security classification of Russian tourists. – I’m just stating that I have the impression that people’s sense of security has crumbled after the events of the last couple of weeks, he told the newspaper.

The president said he was surprised by the explosions in the pipeline, adding that he did not recall anyone referring to the possibility of an explosion when talking about the security risks associated with the pipeline.

prime minister Sanna Marin (SDP) stated at a press conference on Wednesday that the explosions appear to be intentional in light of all available information, echoing the assessments of both Denmark and Sweden. It is not known who is responsible for the explosions, although many analysts have pointed the finger at Russia.

Niinistö did not comment on the question until the case has been investigated.

“The old wisdom of international diplomacy is to ask who benefits. It’s hard to judge if anyone does. Is it useful if you cause more harm to others than to yourself? These are questions I cannot directly answer. I think it’s hard to find a person who can tell who loses the most from this. That’s why this is a mystery for now.”

“But this increases the security threat anyway – because someone must have sabotaged it.”

He added that the European Union will decide its response to the case depending on what the investigations reveal.

“It all depends on what the research reveals. Things will change in the sense that supplies will stop now, as far as I know, at least along these pipes. I don’t even know how repairable they are.”

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page

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