Following a weekend incident in which three foreign divers had to be rescued from a region close to a major oil port where they were not authorized to be, Poland’s prime minister announced on Thursday that the nation was reviewing the supervision of its gas and oil installations and other strategic locations.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the premier, added that he had asked the secret security services to compile a thorough report on the incident.
Questions are being raised about why the police in northern Poland released the three divers recovered from the area around the Gdansk oil terminal without thoroughly questioning them.
Given the high tensions with Russia over its energy exports, security experts said the divers’ presence in the Gulf of Gdansk’s critical area over the weekend prompted concerns.
The divers carried Spanish identification cards.
According to Polish media, the divers were rescued early Sunday after sending a distress signal when their tiny unregistered boat broke down in rough seas.
They claimed to be searching for amber while wearing professional diving gear, however, no amber was discovered in the boat.
They lacked the authorization to scuba dive in the Gulf.
Police released the men despite a substantial degree of security being implemented throughout Poland due to the nation’s backing for neighboring Ukraine during Russia’s incursion.
That has sparked inquiries, especially given the phone numbers they gave turned out to be inactive.
When questioned about the situation, Morawiecki stated that he had instructed Poland’s secret services to conduct a thorough investigation.
Of course, they may be hazardous, but Morawiecki told reporters that it’s also possible that they aren’t and that everything they’ve said is accurate.
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, he emphasized Poland had raised its level of oversight of crucial infrastructure.
However, Poland is currently reexamining security procedures.
“It is apparent that it was necessary to tighten the surveillance of crucial infrastructure during the conflict in Ukraine when the risk of sabotage by Russia increased immensely. Morawiecki stated, “We are also reviewing this supervision.
Experts are voicing their concerns in light of the underwater explosions that last summer damaged the Nord Stream pipelines, which run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea and were intended to transport Russian gas to Germany.
Authorities in Sweden and Denmark have claimed that the disclosures were sabotage.
According to certain Polish media, the three divers may have been participating in a smuggling operation and may have been looking for illegal goods.