Denmark recovers object near sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline

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Denmark recovers object near sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline
An empty maritime smoke buoy found close to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, March 29th 2023. Photo: Danish Ministry Of Defence/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark has recovered a cylindrical object spotted near the sabotaged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Danish Energy Agency announced Wednesday, adding it was a "smoke buoy".


The energy agency said in a statement that the object had been recovered at a depth of 73 metres and that a "representative of the owner, Nord
Stream 2 AG, was present during the salvage."

According to the agency, the recovery was completed on March 28th.


"Investigations indicate that the object is an empty maritime smoke buoy, which is used for visual marking," it said in a statement, adding that "the
object does not pose a safety risk."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed experts believe that it could be a signal antenna to activate an explosive in that part of the pipeline.

Nearly six months after the explosions that hit the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, it is still a mystery who was responsible for the underwater
sabotage, despite criminal investigations in the countries bordering the damaged part of the pipeline -- Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

Russian energy giant Gazprom holds a majority stake in the twin pipelines, with the rest owned by German, Dutch and French companies.

German prosecutors said earlier this month that, in January, investigators searched a ship suspected of having transported explosives used in the blasts.

Confirmation of the searches came after the New York Times reported that US officials had seen new intelligence indicating that a "pro-Ukrainian group"
was responsible for the sabotage.

The Ukrainian government denied involvement in the action, while the Kremlin rejected the Times report as a "diversion".

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