The Russian army on Saturday accused the UK of being “involved” in explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipes, alleging the same British military specialists had helped Ukraine plan a drone attack on Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet.

“Representatives of this unit of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26 that blew up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines,” Russia’s defence ministry said in a statement.

Russia did not provide any evidence, but considers the UK as one of the most unfriendly countries, with relations sinking to almost non-existent since the Kremlin sent troops to Ukraine.

Instead, it has for weeks alluded that its special services have a different version to what caused the Septembers explosions, while some Western countries have called it sabotage and pointed at Russia. Russia has said Western countries have not allowed it to take part in international investigations of the explosions.


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