Russia Alleges British Navy Was Behind Nord Steam Pipeline Sabotage
The Russian military is alleging that the UK Navy was behind the “terrorist attack” on the two Nord Stream pipelines.
The Russian Ministry of Defence on Saturday announced that personnel from the Royal Navy “took part in planning, supporting and implementing” the sabotage attack that blew up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea back on September 26. The incident put both pipelines out of commission, creating an even bigger energy crisis in Europe, which relies on the key connection from Russia to Germany for the majority of its natural gas supplies. Western countries, for the time being, have refused to conduct a transparent international probe into the attacks.
Shortly after the September explosions, the Russian government said that NATO conducted military drills using “deep-sea equipment” in the Baltic Sea over the summer, near the explosion site. The West, instead, has refrained from outright casting the blame on Russia, but German investigators said they were “working under the assumption that Russia was behind the blasts.”
Meanwhile, Russia’s defence ministry also accused the same UK operatives of providing training to the Ukrainians that were involved in an “unsuccessful” drone attack on the port city of Sevastopol in Crimea on Saturday morning. “The preparation of this terrorist act and training of the military personnel of the Ukrainian 73rd Special Center for Maritime Operations had been carried out under the supervision of the British experts, based in the city of Ochakov in Ukraine’s Nikolaev Region,” the ministry said in a statement, as cited by Russian news agency TASS.
The offensive targeted Russia’s Black Sea Fleet ships, as well as civilian vessels that were docked in the port. The Russian ships were in the area at the time to provide security for Ukrainian food exports from ports in the Black Sea as per an agreement between Moscow and Kiev. The kamikaze drones allegedly ended up getting destroyed by Russia’s warships.
The British government refuted Russia’s claims that it was behind the Nord Stream attacks, with the UK Ministry of Defence insisting that the Kremlin “is resorting to peddling false claims of an epic scale” in a desperation to distract the rest of the world from “their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine.” The ministry instead insisted that Moscow’s accusations are an “invented story” that “says more about arguments going on inside the Russian Government than it does about the West.”
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