Germany: Russia isn’t behind the sabotaging of the Nord Stream pipeline at least for now
The German prosecutors announced that German investigators had no evidence at this stage that Russia was behind the explosions in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines.
German Federal Prosecutor Peter Frank said in statements to the German Welt am Sonntag newspaper: “This cannot be proven at the present time and investigations are ongoing,” adding that with the help of two research ships, samples of water and soil were taken, in addition to the remains of pipelines, and a theater was documented… Crime in a comprehensive manner, and he said: “We’re currently evaluating all of this forensically”.
At the end of last September, four leakage sites were discovered from the two pipelines after explosions near the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.
Swedish safety authorities said in November that it was a serious vandalism, but without naming the perpetrator.
The sites of the explosion are located in international waters in what is known as the exclusive economic zones in Denmark and Sweden.
Both countries are conducting their own investigations, but we keep in touch,” Frank said.
Shortly after the bombing, key cables for the railway’s wireless communication system were damaged in Berlin and the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and rail traffic in large parts of northern Germany was halted for hours.
The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office is also investigating these incidents, which occurred on October 8.
Frank said in the interview that the investigation hadn’t yet been completed, adding, “But what I can say: the suspicion that this was a foreign act of sabotage cannot yet be proven.