According to the authorities, the cause of the damage to the data cable that passes through the seabed from the Baltic Sea to Finland is still unclear. The damage indicates that it was caused by human activities.
The EU-NATO cable, which has now been repaired, was damaged on October 8, as was the Balticconnector gas pipeline. Another submarine communications cable between Sweden and Estonia was also damaged nearby. Whether this is an accident or intentional sabotage is being fully investigated.
“We have reason to believe that there is a connection between the issues related to the Baltic Connector and telecommunications cables,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in a statement on Thursday evening after a meeting with her colleagues Petri Urbo (Finland) and Ulf Kristersson. (Sweden) in Brussels. Klass said nothing about the exact connection between the two incidents.
Finnish police previously identified a Hong Kong cargo ship that was in the area as a suspect in damaging the gas pipeline. A large anchor was found near the pipe. This would drag the pipeline some distance. The cargo ship also later sailed close to communications cables. Finnish authorities described the circumstances surrounding the gas pipeline as “extremely suspicious.”
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