The Danish Energy Agency has invited the company that owns the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to help recover an object found near the damaged pipeline in the Baltic Sea. “The energy agency has proposed to the owner Nord Stream 2 AG to participate in the salvage operation,” the agency said on its website on Thursday. The Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to the object in a television report almost two weeks ago in the context of the attacks on the gas pipeline.

On the night of September 26, 2022, explosions in the economic zones of Sweden and Denmark in the Baltic Sea caused several leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, which were built to transport Russian gas to Germany. Russia, among others, was suspected of being the mastermind behind the alleged sabotage. According to media reports, however, the investigations into the explosions also led to Ukraine.

Moscow denies any responsibility for the act of sabotage. The cylindrical object, which is the issue now, was found by the Russian gas company Gazprom. Russian President Putin linked it to the attacks in a TV program: “Specialists are of the opinion that it may be an antenna for receiving a signal to activate an explosive device,” Putin told state broadcaster Rossiya 24.

The Danish Energy Agency, however, expressed the assumption that it could be a “smoke buoy” for seafaring. Additional investigations should provide more details. The agency released a photo of the item, which is about 40 centimeters long by about 10 centimeters in diameter. The object does not represent an “immediate security risk”, it said. The Danish armed forces should therefore help to salvage the object.

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