German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said he could not answer any questions about Nord Stream because the ongoing investigations were classified. AAt the federal government’s weekly press conference, spokesman Christian Hoffmann said he could not say whether the Germans would comment if the United States was behind the attack.
Q: I think we’ve all seen that slightly questionable Hersh report. Still, I’m curious to know if the German federal government has its own insight into what was behind the Nord Stream explosion.
SPOKESMAN CHRISTIAN HOFFMANN: I can say from my side – you’ve probably seen this as well – that the United States and others very clearly rejected this report, which of course we also noted. As you are aware, all relevant authorities are investigating this incident very carefully since its occurrence. The Attorney General also started an investigation in this matter early on. However, the federal government has no knowledge that would support this article’s claims.
Q: The article is about the United States and Norway, among other things. Has there been any discussion with them as a result of the article? Did the two governments contact the Federal Government or the Federal Foreign Office for comment?
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Hoffmann: Both the Americans and the Norwegians categorically rejected what the article claimed.
Q: But among the partners, I would expect that you will not only find out about it through the press, but also have direct discussions.
HOFFMAN: I can’t directly provide any information about confidential discussions, which neither denies nor confirms that discussions took place.
Journalist Tilo Jung: Will the federal government tell us that it was the Americans?
Hoffman: This is a completely hypothetical question, far from reality. So I definitely won’t answer at this point.
Tilo Jung: I don’t think so. I’m sure it was the Russians and if you can prove it, be sure to let us know. I wonder if you’re going to explain it, whoever does it.
HOFFMAN: That sentence has so many ifs I can’t even unscramble it. As I said, the federal government is dealing with this case at several levels, and the Attorney General is investigating. In that sense we are working.
Question: When will the federal government report its results to the Bundestag, parliament?
Hoffman: Investigations are currently underway and we will first wait and see what these investigations reveal. Then you can think about it.
Additional questions: You are aware that there are complaints from political and parliamentary circles that the federal government refuses to communicate the current status of its own investigations and findings based on allies. How do you respond to these complaints?
Hoffman: We note that, but I don’t want to comment on it here.
Addendum: Seriously? When delegates complain about the federal government’s refusal to inform Parliament of its findings, you simply say “No comment!” Can’t say!
Hoffman: Yes, we can; I don’t want to comment.
Q: When can we expect your report?
Hoffman: I can’t give a time frame. We have to wait for the Attorney General’s investigation.
Additional question: You mentioned that the Americans rejected (the Harsh Report), of course. But you reject it? I still don’t quite understand it.
Hoffman: Yes. As we said: we have no knowledge that would support his claim in any way.
North flow sabotage by Americans? The federal government today dismissed the Seymour Hersh report. No one can (yet) share their findings on sabotage.
“Will the federal government tell us it was the Americans?”
The answer is open. pic.twitter.com/N9z9Eo1MYu
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