According to Russia, London would be involved in the explosions of the Nord Stream gas pipelines. The British condemn “false information”.
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LThe Kremlin on Tuesday accused Britain of being behind the explosions that in September damaged the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, built to transport Russian gas to Europe. “Our intelligence services have evidence suggesting that the attack was directed and coordinated by British military specialists,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“There is evidence that Britain was involved in sabotage, a terrorist attack on [ces] vital energy infrastructure, not Russian, but international,” continued Dmitry Peskov. “Such actions cannot be tolerated [sans réponse]. We will think about the measures to be taken”, he added, condemning the “unacceptable silence in European capitals”.
“False claims” from Moscow
The Russian army had already on Saturday accused London of being involved in the leak that happened on Nord Stream. These claims came after a Ukrainian drone attack on its Black Sea fleet in Crimea, which Moscow also blamed on “British experts” for planning. British Defense had condemned “false claims” by Moscow which it said were intended to “divert attention”.
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On 26 September, four large leaks were detected on the gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2 off the Danish island of Bornholm, two in the Swedish economic zone and two in the Danish one. Preliminary underwater inspections had reinforced the suspicion of sabotage, as the leak had been preceded by explosions. The Nord Stream gas pipelines linking Russia to Germany have been at the heart of geopolitical tensions for years, heightened by Moscow’s decision to cut gas supplies to Europe. Out of service, however, they contained gas when they were damaged.
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