Russian military accuses London of involvement in Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions

The Russian army accuses London of being involved in the explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines

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The Russian military on Saturday accused London of being involved in the explosions that caused leaks in September on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, built to transport Russian gas to Europe.< /strong> 

“Representatives of a British Navy unit were involved in the planning, logistics and implementation of the terrorist act in the Baltic Sea on 26 September in order to to harm the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram.

Russia has repeatedly complained that it was not included in the international investigation into these leaks on Nord Stream which occurred after alleged sabotage.

Swedish justice announced on Friday its intention to carry out a new inspection of the gas pipelines, as did the Nord Stream consortium which sent a civilian vessel under the Russian flag.

On September 26, four large leaks had been detected. ted on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines off the Danish island of Bornholm, two in Sweden's economic zone and two in Denmark's. 

Preliminary underwater inspections had strengthened the suspicion of sabotage, the leaks having been preceded by explosions.

Since the conflict in Ukraine, the two pipelines, which connect Russia to Germany, have been at the heart of geopolitical tensions, fueled after the decision Moscow to cut off gas supplies to Europe in alleged retaliation for Western sanctions.