The British navy is accused by the Russian government, without evidence, of blowing up the Nord Stream gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, a claim the UK has dismissed as “false”.
“According to available information, representatives … of the British Navy were involved in the planning, supply and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26 this year – blowing up the gas pipelines North Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday, according to media reports.
The prosecution did not include any other information or evidence to support the claims of state sabotage. The Russian government also said British agents helped plan a drone attack on its fleet in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea on Saturday.
The UK Ministry of Defense quickly denied Moscow’s claim.
“To distract from their disastrous handling of the unlawful invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense is resorting to peddling false allegations of epic proportions,” the UK ministry said in a statement. Tweeter. “This fabricated story says more about the arguments taking place within the Russian government than it does about the West.”
Russia had already blamed the West in general terms for the underwater explosions that damaged the Nord Stream pipes last month. These explosions likely rendered the energy infrastructure unusable, according to the German government.
An investigation by Danish and Swedish authorities is ongoing into the blasts, which took place inside the two countries’ exclusive economic zones near the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.
Russia had already halted gas transit through the pipeline, sparking fears earlier this year that it would use the gas supply to blackmail Europe as its brutal war on Ukraine continues.
While the first phase of Nord Stream had been in operation for nearly 11 years, the second phase of the project – dubbed Nord Stream 2 – had yet to enter commercial service.