Finland and Sweden beef up security around Nord Stream pipelines

Finland and Sweden beef up security around Nord Stream pipelines
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Finland, a neighbour of Russia, on Thursday ordered the strengthening of security around its strategic infrastructure following the alleged sabotage of Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

Sweden's nuclear power plants have also raised their level of vigilance.

“We have asked all branches of government to ensure vigilance and the strengthening of security measures for several critical infrastructures,” Finnish Finance Minister Annika Saarikko announced at a press conference. Particular attention was paid to the electricity network, she said.

In Sweden, the country's two main nuclear power plants, located in Forsmark (center-east) and Ringhals (south-west) told AFP they had gone into "increased vigilance" due to events in the Baltic Sea.

Several other countries have already announced the strengthening of security measures around energy or strategic infrastructures. They include Germany, Denmark and Norway, now the leading exporter of gas to Europe.


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