The Danish Energy Agency announced on Wednesday that it had recovered a cylindrical object spotted near the sabotaged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and which turns out to be a smoke buoy. “Investigations indicate that the object is an empty smoke buoy used for visual marking,” the statement said.
Denmark has brought up a cylindrical object spotted near the sabotaged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline which turns out to be a smoke buoy, its Energy Agency announced on Wednesday. “The recovery was carried out with the participation of a representative of the owner company Nord Stream 2 AG”, of which Russia’s Gazprom is the majority shareholder, the agency said in a statement. The operation, carried out under the leadership of the Danish Defense at a depth of 73 meters, ended on March 28. “Investigations indicate that the object is an empty smoke buoy used for visual marking,” the statement said.
Responsibility for the attack, still a mystery
The discovery of this object, spotted by Gazprom and which poses no security risk, was revealed by Vladimir Putin himself two weeks ago, the Russian president evoking a possible role in the sabotage. “Specialists believe that it may be an antenna to receive a signal to activate an explosive device, which could be placed in this (part) of the gas pipeline,” the Russian head of state told the television channel. Russian 24.
Almost six months after the explosions that hit the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, the responsibility for the underwater attack remains a mystery despite criminal investigations in the countries of the region (Germany, Sweden and Denmark).
At the beginning of March, Germany announced that it was investigating a boat suspected of having transported the explosives to the site, without being able to draw any conclusions on the identity of the perpetrators. A “pro-Ukrainian group” is believed to be behind the sabotage, the New York Timesbased on information seen by US intelligence, but without the involvement of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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