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Germany: ‘I don’t want to get involved in speculation’ – Govt spox dodges questions after media report claims evidence from Nord Stream inquiry ‘points to Kiev’

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Govt spokesperson Wolfgang Buchner said he didn’t want to comment on ‘speculation’ when questioned about media reports that German investigators suspected Ukrainian involvement in the Nord Stream pipeline blasts, during a briefing in Berlin on Monday.

Asked if Germany should continue to supply weapons to Kiev, ‘even if Ukrainian perpetrators are behind the attack’, Buchner refused to comment directly.

« I don’t want to get involved in any speculation at all, » he replied. « The investigation into the explosion at the Nord Stream pipeline is generally carried out by the General Federal Prosecutor in Karlsruhe and the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office. »

« Questions about the status of the investigation itself should therefore always be addressed to the Federal Public Prosecutor, » he continued. « The federal government does not provide any information about this whole situation. »

He was also asked why Chancellor Olaf Scholz had seemingly ruled out evidence of US involvement but did ‘not express himself with similar clarity on the clear traces of the investigators towards Ukraine’, replying that ‘we will not get involved as long as this procedure is ongoing’.

On Friday, a report by Der Spiegel and broadcaster ZDF into last September’s pipeline blasts suggested that, for those familiar with the ongoing investigation, ‘all the evidence’ for the ‘attack on Germany’ pointed ‘in just one single direction’ – towards Ukraine. It also detailed the alleged use of the ‘Andromeda’ yacht by divers and explosive specialists.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has not commented, while Buchner also stated that Germany would, in the words of Scholz, ‘support Ukraine in its defence for as long as it is necessary’.

Buchner was asked whether Scholz welcomed the expansion of the BRICS group to include Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

« It goes without saying that every state can freely decide to co-operate with other states, » he added. « The federal government is striving for a world in which the states work together in principle, therefore, support our initiatives for more multilateralism as long as they are taking place under the basis of the UN Charter, and the BRICS’ clear commitment to the United Nations and the United Nations Charter is correct and important. »

He added that the ‘Federal Government and the Federal Chancellor work in partnership and on an equal footing with the countries of the Global South’, reminding those present that Scholz had invited ‘the heads of government of Indonesia, Senegal, Argentina, India and South Africa’ during Germany’s G7 summit in Elmau.

Investigations into the pipeline explosions are reportedly still ongoing in Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

Following the blasts, President Vladimir Putin said that the West had ‘effectively attempted to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure’, while US President Joe Biden accused Russia of ‘pumping out disinformation and lies’.

In March, the New York Times published a report claiming that US officials had intelligence suggesting a ‘pro-Ukrainian group’ was behind the explosions, while in June, the Washington Post claimed that the US had prior knowledge of a planned attack by Ukraine, up to three months before the blasts took place.

The White House itself was also implicated earlier this year, following an article by journalist Seymour Hersh who alleged that explosives were planted on Biden’s orders – which the administration called ‘utterly false and total fiction’.

Kiev has also strongly denied any involvement in the blasts.

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