Sweden has reported partial damage to an undersea telecom cable in the Baltic Sea running to Estonia
ByThe Associated Press
October 17, 2023, 11:44 AM
STOCKHOLM — Sweden on Tuesday reported partial damage to an undersea telecom cable in the Baltic Sea running to Estonia that authorities believe happened at the same time as damage to an undersea gas pipeline and telecom cable from Finland to Estonia.
Finland launched an investigation into possible sabotage after reporting the damage to its gas pipeline to Estonia last week.
Sweden’s Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin said Tuesday that the damage to the cable between Sweden and Estonia appeared to happen at the same time, but that it’s unclear what caused it.
“It is not a total cable break. There is a partial damage on this cable,” Bohlin said. “We cannot assess what caused the damage.”
Estonia’s economy ministry said the disruption in the Swedish-owned cable was in Estonian territory, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) off the island of Hiiumaa in northern Estonia, the Baltic News Service said. Service was restored within a few days, the agency said.
Sweden’s Defense Minister Pål Jonson said his country’s police, military and coast guard were in contact with Estonian counterparts regarding the matter. He said there also was heightened vigilance in the Baltic Sea.
“We see the issue of security for our critical infrastructure as a high priority, and take the current situation seriously,” Pål Jonson told a news conference.
Finnish and Estonian gas system operators on Sunday said they noted an unusual drop in pressure in the Balticconnector pipeline after which they shut down the gas flow.
The Finnish government on Tuesday said there was damage both to the gas pipeline and to a telecommunications cable between the two NATO countries.