Berlin is investigating Russian reports regarding a recording attributed to German military officials


Germany said on Saturday it was investigating an apparent wiretapping after Russia said a recording of German military officials revealed they were discussing arms deliveries to Ukraine and a possible strike by Kiev on a bridge in Crimea.

A German Defense Ministry spokesman said on Saturday that the Federal Office of the Army’s Counterintelligence Service was investigating what appeared to be a case of eavesdropping and that it was possible that the recording had been modified.

During a visit to Rome, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the potential leak as “extremely dangerous,” and said that it was “now being clarified very carefully, very intensively and very quickly”.

Margarita Simonyan, a journalist for Russian state television and head of Russia Today, was the first to publish the audio recording on Friday, which was also posted on her Telegram channel.

She said that he revealed that German military officials “were discussing how to bomb the Crimean Bridge” that connects Russia to the Ukrainian peninsula, which it annexed in 2014.

The participants in the call discussed the delivery of Taurus cruise missiles to Kiev, which German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has so far strongly rejected publicly.

They also talked about training Ukrainian soldiers and possible military targets.

The Russian embassy in Berlin didn’t respond to an email request on Saturday for comment regarding the allegations of possible espionage.

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on social media on Friday, “We demand an explanation from Germany”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters, Saturday, “The cunning plans of the German armed forces became clear after the publication of this audio recording… It’s a blatant self-exposure”.

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