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The German Prosecutor's Office registered a ship in January for its possible relationship with the sabotage of the Nord Stream

BERLIN, 8 March.

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The German Prosecutor's Office registered a ship in January for its possible relationship with the sabotage of the Nord Stream

BERLIN, 8 March. (DPA/EP) -

German investigators searched a boat in January after suspecting that it could be carrying explosives used in the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in September 2022, as confirmed by the Prosecutor's Office, which has not offered details regarding possible results of these investigations.

A spokeswoman for the Public Ministry explained that the seized samples and objects are still being analyzed, while pointing out that other issues remain to be resolved, one day after US intelligence sources cited by 'The New York Times' pointed to the possible involvement of a pro-Ukrainian group.

"The identity of the perpetrators and their motives for committing the crime are the subject of ongoing investigations," said the spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office. "At the moment no reliable statements can be made on this, particularly on the question of whether it was state-led," she added.

The German Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that the search, carried out between January 18 and 20, was made "in connection with the suspicious rental of a boat." The authorities, however, do not question the role of the employees of the company that rented it.

Also on Monday, German public broadcasters ARD, SWR and the weekly 'Die Zeit' reported a suspicious yacht chartered by a Polish-based company. A team of six people, made up of a captain, two divers, two diving assistants and a doctor, would have used it to carry the explosives that detonated in Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, designed to carry gas from Russia to Germany. .

The German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, on a visit to Iraq, has confirmed that her government is following these investigations "very, very closely", although it has been prudent not to draw "hasty conclusions". In this sense, she recalled that it is the Prosecutor's Office and not the Government that is in charge of this case.

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