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German lawmakers were alarmed that Russia may have recorded the Bundeswehr briefing

German lawmakers are demanding clarification following the publication of an alleged Bundeswehr briefing by a Russian media outlet that apparently discussed sensitive issues related to Ukraine.

“If this story turns out to be true, it would be a very problematic incident,” Konstantin von Notz, the chairman of the Bundestag’s parliamentary oversight committee, told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) news agency.

He was referring to a 30-minute audio recording published on Friday by the head of Russian state broadcaster RT, Margarita Simonyan, that German MPs fear could have been intercepted.

In the clip, senior air force officers can be heard discussing the theoretical possibility of Ukraine using German Taurus cruise missiles.

The German Defense Ministry is now investigating whether confidential communications may have been intercepted, a ministry spokeswoman told dpa.

The alleged conversation includes details of the debate over the delivery of Taurus missiles to Ukraine, as well as a potentially explosive statement about other Western allies.

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The exchange heard in the recording concerns whether Taurus cruise missiles would theoretically be technically capable of destroying the bridge Russia has built to Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which Moscow has declared in violation of international law annexed.

The clip also includes a reference to the British having “a few people on the ground” in connection with the deployment of their Storm Shadow cruise missiles delivered to Ukraine.

It follows anger in Britain over what London saw as indiscretion on the part of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Scholz had said in the context of the Taurus debate that “what the British and French do in terms of target control and associated target control cannot be done in Germany”, without elaborating further.

Some saw this as an indication that French and British forces support control of cruise missiles supplied to Ukraine. London immediately denied that this was the case.

Scholz has repeatedly ruled out the delivery of Taurus missiles to Ukraine despite repeated requests from Kiev, arguing that he fears Germany could become more deeply involved in the war the Kremlin launched in February 2022.

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