ERIC SCHMITT, Senator for Missouri

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Schmitt released the following statement regarding damage to a Baltic Sea gas pipeline, potentially caused by Chinese shipping vessel “NewNew Polar Bear” dragging its anchor and destroying critical civilian infrastructure:

“Reports indicate that a Chinese shipping vessel dragged anchor, potentially for miles, causing severe damage to a Baltic Sea gas pipeline and two telecommunications cables. While the investigation by Finnish authorities is still ongoing, it’s hard to believe that this wasn’t an act of sabotage by China, especially considering the energy situation in Europe. We need answers, and if it was in fact a deliberate act of sabotage, China needs to be held accountable.”