Britain denies Russian claims that Royal Navy personnel blew the Nord Stream pipelines up last month. They claim the story was “invented”.
Tweet from the Ministry of Defence: “To distract from their disastrous handling of Ukraine’s illegal invasion, the Russian Ministry of Defence resorts to peddling false claims of an immense scale.”
“This invented story speaks more about the arguments that go on within the Russian government than about the West.”
The pipeline runs for 760 miles from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea at a depth of 110 metres.
With a combined annual capacity of 110 million cubic metres, they were the main supply route for Russian natural gas to Europe. This is more than half Russia’s usual gas export volume.
Russia cut off Nord Stream 1 supply at the end August and Nord Stream 2 was never in service. Germany paused its certification process just before Russia invaded Ukraine.
The pipelines experienced a drop in pressure on 26 September. Seismologists discovered explosions, and four leaks were reported.
Russia claimed Saturday that representatives of the British Navy participated in the preparation, provision, and execution of a terrorist attack on the Baltic Sea on September 26, 2015. This included the destruction of Nord Stream 1 (and Nord Stream 2) gas pipelines.
It didn’t provide any evidence to support its claims.
Russia was originally blamed for the destruction of the pipelines in its effort to deprive Europe energy. But it later dismissed these claims and instead blamed the US.
Russia claimed that the US destroyed the pipelines in order to sell more liquefied gas to Europe. This claim was denied by the US.
Sweden and Denmark both concluded that the leaks were caused explosions but didn’t say who.
Mats Ljungqvist, a Swedish prosecutor, called for a “supplementary investigation of the crime scene” at the site on Friday. He added: “It’s important for both the preliminary investigation as well as for the many collaborations that we have that we now work in peace.
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Russia claims that “British experts” ordered drone strikes against Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea Fleet, Crimean city Sevastopol, early Saturday morning.
Russia’s defense ministry stated that the attack involved nine unmanned aerial vehicles (and seven autonomous marine drones).
“The preparation and training of Ukrainian servicemen at the 73rd Special Centre for Naval Operations was done under the supervision of British specialists in Ochakiv.”