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BREAKING: Germany to check Russian involvement in railway sabotage

BREAKING: Germany to check Russian involvement in railway sabotage
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12 / 10 / 2022

The Bundestag believes that the attack on Nord Stream and damage to the railway infrastructure may be a "warning shot" for Germany's support of Ukraine. Russia may be behind the damage to the infrastructure on the German railway.

"To pull this off, you need to know exactly the communication system on the railways. The question is, are we dealing with sabotage by foreign states?" Anton Hofreiter, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on European Affairs, told Funke Mediengruppe on Sunday, October 9.

He recalled the recent attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, which, in his opinion, "trace back to the Kremlin." "And we cannot rule out that Russia is also behind the attack on the railway. Perhaps both [events] were warning shots because we support Ukraine," he said.

Meanwhile, the investigation of the damage to the railway infrastructure that occurred the day before was carried out by the state security units of the Berlin Criminal Police Department. "We cannot rule out political motivation," said the department's representative.

However, the police have not found any signs of terrorism or involvement of foreign states, otherwise, the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Prosecutor's Office would have joined the investigation.

Damage to infrastructure in Berlin and Herne (North Rhine-Westphalia) almost completely paralyzed railway traffic in northern Germany for several hours on October 8. As a result, there were disruptions in the operation of the GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications - Rail) communication system, which provides communication between control centers that control train traffic.

On Sunday, the railway operated normally, the German railway operator Deutsche Bahn reported. Both the operator and the federal transport ministry ruled out that the problems the day before could have been caused by a simple technical fault. "We know that the cables were deliberately cut in two different locations in Germany. It is clear that this was a deliberate and senseless act," said Transport Minister Volker Wissing.

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