COPENHAGEN – Danish authorities say they will allow Russian operators of the sabotaged Nord Stream 2 pipeline to take part in the rescue of a mysterious object found in the country’s territorial waters.
Several European Union warships were recently spotted in the area close to the damaged pipeline.
Copenhagen is seeking to clarify the nature of the object, which the Danish Energy Agency will work on with assistance from the military, according to a statement on Thursday (23/3/2023).
“Nord Stream 2 AG whose parent company is the Russian energy giant Gazprom, has been invited to participate in that context,” the statement said.
Earlier this week, the Danish press reported sightings of three military vessels, including one used by military divers, near a pipeline east of the island of Bornholm.
Both Nord Stream pipelines were damaged by powerful explosions in two separate areas near the island last September.
The Berlingske newspaper, which first reported on the Danish Navy’s activities, said the military had confirmed its presence in the area, but declined to elaborate.
Danish Foreign Minister Lars Rasmussen revealed last week that the government could corroborate a Russian report about the discovery of an unidentified object near Nord Stream 2.
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