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German defense ministry probing into possible tapping of army conversations

The Military Counterintelligence Service has taken all necessary measures, DPA reported, citing a ministry official

BERLIN, March 1. /TASS/. Germany’s defense ministry has initiated a probe into possible tapping of the German army reports after the Russian media released an audio of German Bundeswehr officers discussing plans to attack the Crimean Bridge, DPA reported, citing a ministry official.

"The Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) has taken all necessary measures," he said,

The RT broadcaster’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said earlier that on the very day when German Chancellor Olaf Scholz vowed that NATO was not participating and would not participate in the Ukrainian conflict, high-ranking German officers were discussing the possibility of attacking the Crimean Bridge in a way that would help avoid consequences for the German authorities. Simonyan said there was an audio recording of this conversation and later released the transcript of the leaked conversation, which indicates that the officers were discussing how much destruction Germany’s Taurus long-range missiles could cause to the Crimean Bridge as well as details of preparations for such an attack.

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the Kremlin was not yet aware of the contents of the leaked conversation. The issue will be reviewed at the next session of the Russian State Duma, or lower house of parliament, Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has repeatedly stressed that he objects to Taurus supplies to Ukraine because this way German could be dragged into the conflict. On Thursday, he said once again reiterated that he objects to providing Ukraine with the Taurus long-range cruise missiles, since if the missiles are not programed properly, they could hit targets in Moscow.