Germany has no evidence of Russia’s involvement in blowing up the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 (SP) gas pipelines. This was announced on February 4 to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag by the country’s Attorney General Peter Frank.
“At present, German investigators have no evidence that Russia is behind the explosions on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines,” he said.
According to Frank, the investigation is ongoing. According to the Prosecutor General, two research vessels were involved in the collection of evidence. Experts took samples of water, soil, remains of pipelines.
The scene of the incident is well documented, he assured.
“We are currently evaluating all this in a forensic medical examination,” Frank concluded.
On February 3, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany would not speculate about those responsible for sabotage on gas pipelines until evidence appeared.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in response, noted that Germany’s position is ambivalent. On the one hand, Berlin constantly declares its interest in investigating this sabotage, and on the other hand, Scholz’s statement, like other actions of the FRG, suggests the opposite.
On February 1, The Times, citing sources, reported that Germany admits that one of the Western countries is behind the explosions at the joint venture. The publication noted that in recent months the investigation of the incidents has made little progress and investigators have not found any new facts.
In January, during a speech in the Senate on January 26, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland called the destruction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline branch a joyful event. Zakharova then noted that the words of the American Secretary of State prove the approval of the White House administration of the terrorist attack to destroy the joint venture.
On September 26, 2022, leaks were discovered on the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. The next day, the Swedish security service confirmed the explosions in the area of the pipelines. Traces of explosives were found at the crash site.
On December 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin, answering a question from an Izvestia correspondent, said that the accidents at Nord Stream were an act of state terrorism.