The Swedish Armed Forces have been investigating the scene for the entire past week and have confirmed that powerful blasts were to blame for the extensive damage to the Nord Stream pipelines. This confirms the terrorist attack and now Russia is accusing the British Navy of carrying it out.
The British Navy is accused of blowing up the Nord Stream gas pipelines last month, according to a statement from Russia’s defence ministry on Saturday. This is the first official and direct accusation made against the UK about the major incident that threatened Europe’s energy supplies.
“According to available information, representatives of this unit of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26 this year – blowing up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines,” the ministry said, though without specifying any evidence.
Earlier, the Kremlin made broader accusations against NATO members, including Britain, claiming that NATO forces had practised military drills near the exact site of the undersea explosions. The charge comes after the Russian Foreign Ministry asserted that NATO held a military drill nearby the site of the underwater explosions during the summer.
“In July, there were NATO drills with the use of deep-sea equipment in the area of the island of Bornholm,” a foreign ministry briefing said days after the Sept.26 blasts. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharovathe said the region “was crammed with NATO infrastructure” at the time of the sabotage attack.
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Following up on his statement on the annexation of the four Ukrainian areas on September 30, President Putin launched the following attack of the West:
Putin claimed that the “Anglo-Saxons” in the West have turned from sanctions on Russia to “terror attacks,” sabotaging the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in what he described as an attempt to “destroy the European energy infrastructure.”
He added that “those who profit from it have done it,” without naming a specific country.
It was an intentional act, not only an accident, on which both Russia and the West agree. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, for example, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, denounced it as sabotage and issued a warning that “deliberate disruption of the European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest response.”
Russia has questioned the need to sabotage its own pipelines when it could just cut off the gas if necessary.
The Swedish Armed Forces have been investigating the scene for the entire past week and have confirmed that powerful blasts were to blame for the extensive damage to the pipelines that resulted in gas leaks at several locations. Sweden is now calling for additional investigations, perhaps to determine who is to blame.
The UK Defense Ministry denounced the new allegation as “false claims of an epic scale” just hours after Russia’s Saturday charge. A spokesperson for Britain’s military said, “To detract from their dis, astrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense is resorting to peddling false claims of an epic scale.”