three ships of the russian navy with the capacity to carry out submarine operations were in the area close to where the sabotage of the Russian gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2 last September, according to a joint investigation by Nordic public television.
The vessels stayed in the area for several hours and, in one case, almost a day: the first two, in June, and the last, five days before the events occurred. explosions in the baltic sea the documentary assuresshadow war”.
The investigation uses radio communications, satellite images and the signals from the ship’s transmitters, which were nevertheless turned off in some sections, to reconstruct the route of the ships, which left the Russian bases in Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad.
Radio communication between the ships and their bases was intercepted by a former British Navy officer, who until years ago worked as a watchdog for the FheRussian Ota in the Balticaccording to the documentary.
The first vessel, whose identity has not been determined, left Kaliningrad on June 6, arrived northeast of the Danish island of Bornholm the next day and sailed four kilometers south of where three of the four pipeline leaks occurred. .
A week later, another ship arrived in the area, identified as the sibiryakovwhich remained for a day and, according to the intercepted radio communication, was in the same position near the North Stream 1 than the previous boat.
The presence of both ships in the area coincides with the maneuvers of the NATO BALTOPS in the Baltic.
The last Russian ship, the SB-123sailed in the area for almost a day between September 21 and 22 and has already been mentioned by German media before.
The SB-123 is used as a support vessel in operations involving submarines, as pointed out in the documentary by experts from the University of Copenhagen.
“shadow war” is a series of documentaries that began to be broadcast two weeks ago and that in previous installments have pointed out that dozens of Russian ships patrolled the North Sea in recent months to allegedly collect information about critical infrastructure for possible acts of sabotage.
Total two leaks were located in each gas pipeline (both out of service and located in the Baltic), two in the Danish zone and two in the Swedish zone, all in international waters, which the affected governments soon described as “sabotage”, in addition to pointing to a state actor as the culprit.
The German, Swedish and Danish authorities, in addition to the Russian ones, keep several investigations open, but they have given hardly any details of their status.
The Swedish prosecutor’s office reported in early April that it is a “complicated” case and that it will be “difficult” to confirm who the perpetrator was.
Both the affected countries and the rest of the European Union (EU), United States and Russia They speak of sabotage, although they differ as to the possible authorship.
Moscow has accused “Anglo-Saxon” countries of being behind it, alluding to the opposition to the project that it has maintained for years Washington and his threats to arrest him by any means if Russia intervened militarily in Ukraine, while some Western countries have pointed in the opposite direction.
An investigation by the American journalist Seymour Hersh targeted US intelligence months ago, with the collaboration of Norway and other Western countries.
means of United States and Germany they later pointed to a pro-Ukrainian group as the possible perpetrator of the sabotage.
(With information from EFE)
Denmark detected the presence of a Russian ship in the Baltic Sea four days before the explosions in the Nord Stream gas pipelines
Ukraine denied having any relationship with the partisans accused of the attacks against the Nord Stream gas pipelines
Sweden confirmed that there was sabotage in the Nord Stream gas pipelines after the discovery of remains of explosives