File photo: Gas bubbles from the leaking Nord Stream 2 reach the surface of the Baltic Sea near Bornholm, Denmark, on September 27, 2022 (REUTERS)
The Danish Defense Command reported this Friday that it detected a Russian ship in the waters of the Baltic Sea four days before the explosions in September 2022 that caused leaks in gas pipelines 1 and 2 of the Nord Stream.
Specifically, a Danish patrol boat that was sailing east of Bornholm on September 22 took up to 26 photographs of the Russian ship SS-750, which was in the area only four days before the sabotage occurred.
The images are classified, but various media have highlighted that the ship would be specialized in carrying out missions on the seabed, even carrying an AS-26 Priz submarine on board, the Aftenposten newspaper reported.
In total, the Danish Defense Command has taken 112 photographs of Russian vessels, all of them classified, in the framework of the investigations into the explosions in the gas pipeline, which have sparked numerous theories about the suspects.
Denmark reported at the end of March that the object found by the Russian gas company Gazprom, which is participating in the investigations, did not pose a threat. The Danish authorities monitored the area and noted that there was no imminent security risk.
A satellite image released on September 29, 2022 showed gas from the Nord Stream bubbling into the water after incidents in the Baltic Sea (Roscosmos via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin previously reported that a Gazprom ship had found an antenna 30 kilometers from the site of the first explosions in the Nord Stream to set off another possible explosive device.
Both the Government and the Ukrainian Intelligence services have publicly denied any responsibility for this incident. For their part, the Russian authorities have also distanced themselves, pointing instead to the possible political and economic benefits that the United States would obtain from the sabotage.
In fact, Moscow alluded to the West blatantly trying to silence material from Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh, who accused the US Navy of being behind the explosions. Both Germany, Sweden and Denmark are carrying out their own investigations into what happened.
For its part, a joint investigation by the German public broadcasting networks ARD, SWR, the newspaper Die Zeit and the magazine Kontraste, maintains that the attack would have been launched from a yacht rented from a company based in Poland and owned by two citizens ukrainians.
(With information from EuropaPress)
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