MOSCOW, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that British naval personnel blew up Nord Stream gas pipelines last month, a direct accusation against a NATO member of sabotaging critical Russian infrastructure.
The Ministry of Defense did not provide evidence for his claim.
“According to available information, representatives of this unit of the British Navy participated in the planning, provision and execution 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.
The British Defense Ministry declined to immediately comment.
Russia has previously blamed the West for the explosions that last month ruptured the Russian-built Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea bed.
But Russia had never given specific details about who it considered responsible for the damage to the gas pipelines, which were once Russia’s biggest energy supply routes to Europe.
The Kremlin has repeatedly said the accusations against Russia over the damage were “stupid” and Russian officials have said Washington had a motive, as it wants to sell more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe.
The United States has denied involvement. (Reuters Report Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida)