Leaders of Germany and Norway have launched a plan to better protect maritime infrastructure within NATO.
“We take the protection of our infrastructure very seriously and that no one can believe that attacks would remain without consequence,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a press conference in Berlin with his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store.
The announcement comes after explosions on the Nord Stream pipelines, which bring gas from Russia to Europe, and suspicious sightings of drones around Norway’s offshore oil rigs.
Scholz detailed that this initiative would take place under the NATO umbrella and ensure a “rapid reaction”, in the event of an emergency.
“We are in the process of asking the Secretary General of NATO [Jens Stoltenberg] to set up a coordination body for the protection of maritime infrastructures,” he said, calling these infrastructures the “arteries of the modern economy”.