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Military counterintelligence service is investigating doable Russian espionage within the Luftwaffe

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Photo issued by the Bundeswehr of a Taurus cruise missile as part of an exercise Photo issued by the Bundeswehr of a Taurus cruise missile as part of an exercise

Photo issued by the Bundeswehr of a Taurus cruise missile as a part of an train

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Internet platforms near the Kremlin have printed an inside assembly of high-ranking air drive officers. It's concerning the supply of the Taurus cruise missile. The audio file is classed as genuine within the Bundeswehr. The Military Counterintelligence Service is now checking its authenticity.

DThe navy counterintelligence service is investigating the suspicion {that a} video name amongst Bundeswehr officers was intercepted by the Russian aspect. It is a few assembly between the Air Force Inspector, Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, and three officers from his department of the armed forces, which passed off on February nineteenth utilizing the video conferencing software program Webex. “We are checking whether communications within the Air Force were intercepted,” a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defense advised WELT. All needed measures have been initiated. The spokeswoman didn’t need to touch upon the content material of the apparently intercepted communication.

In truth, a half-hour audio recording of the video convention is circulating on Russian social networks. It was printed by Margarita Simonyan, head of the Russian state broadcaster RT. How she acquired the recording will not be defined. In the recording you possibly can hear Gerhartz discussing along with his staff the preparation of a briefing by Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD). Topic: the doable supply of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine within the occasion {that a} corresponding political determination is made. The audio recording can also be circulating within the Bundeswehr and a number of other troopers advised WELT that it was genuine.

“Attempts to avoid answers will be viewed as an admission of guilt.”

According to the German Press Agency, the Russian Foreign Ministry has already demanded an announcement from the federal authorities. “Attempts to avoid answers will be viewed as an admission of guilt,” wrote Moscow Foreign Office spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on her Telegram channel.

The recording addresses, amongst different issues, the query of whether or not Taurus rockets would theoretically be capable of destroy the Russian-built bridge to the Crimean peninsula or ammunition depots. It can also be being mentioned whether or not Ukraine might use the weapon system with out the participation of German troopers. This might subsequently be doable below a wide range of logistical and technical situations.

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However, it may also be heard within the recording that there isn’t a inexperienced gentle for the operation on the political stage and that the participation of the Bundeswehr have to be dominated out. Nevertheless, if the dialog is actual, it’s politically extremely explosive as a result of it calls into query the arguments of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD).

Scholz had dominated out Taurus deliveries this week as a result of he didn’t need to be drawn into the battle of aggression began by Russia via the participation of German troopers. However, it needs to be taken under consideration that the allegedly intercepted dialog passed off week earlier than the Chancellor's statements and the navy evaluation might have modified.

The query of the safety of inside Bundeswehr communication by way of unencrypted platforms resembling Webex is also up for debate if the audio recording is genuine. It can also be not unimaginable that additional communications might have been intercepted.