I’d like to thank our briefers for setting out what we know so far about this case, which is still clearly very limited.
Once again in this chamber, we have heard some absurd Russian claims and conspiracy theories this afternoon.
Russia’s request for this meeting was a cynical attempt to distract from President Putin’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory today.
The damage to the Nordstream 1 and Nordstream 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea is of deep concern.
These leaks are not only causing risks to shipping but also substantial environmental damage in the Baltic Sea. They are releasing enormous amounts of methane into the earth’s atmosphere.
We agree with the assessment that all currently available information indicates this damage is the result of sabotage. We strongly support the investigations by Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
Intentional damage to civilian infrastructure is reckless and irresponsible, wherever it takes place. We must establish clear international norms that such damage is utterly unacceptable.
For NATO’s part, as set out in yesterday’s statement of the North Atlantic Council, Allies remain committed to prepare for, deter and defend against any hybrid tactics by state and non-state actors including coercive approaches to energy.
We are clear that any deliberate attack against Allies’ critical infrastructure would be met with a united and determined response.
The UK will continue to work alongside our partners to protect Europe’s energy security.
Thank you, President.