(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Russia’s defense ministry doubled down on a claim it made last month that the British Navy was responsible for the Nord Stream pipeline explosions that risks European energy supplies, according to Summit News.
“According to available information, 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 this year—blowing up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines,” the ministry said, allegedly without any evidence to back up their claims.
Earlier in October, a former Pentagon official, retired U.S. Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, said that both the United States and Great Britain likely sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines to prevent Germany from bailing out on Ukraine during its war with Russia after its chancellor said that he was not going to send any more weapons to the war-torn country.
“Would the Russians destroy their own pipeline? 40 percent of Russian gross national product or gross domestic product consists of foreign currency that comes into the country to purchase natural gas, oil, coal and so forth. So, the Russians did not do this. The notion that they did I think is absurd,” Macgregor said.
The Kremlin originally blamed NATO countries more broadly in September, targeting their military exercises that took place too close to the pipeline locations when undersea explosions were detonated.
In his speech following his annexation of Ukrainian territories, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the pipeline attacks were conducted in an effort to “destroy the European energy infrastructure,” adding that “those who profit from it have done it.”
Putin questioned why Russia would blow up its own pipelines, rather than just turning off the gas.
Sweden’s Armed Forces have been conducting investigations at the site and have found that powerful detonations have caused the explosions. Sweden is now calling for supplementary investigations.
“To detract from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense is resorting to peddling false claims of an epic scale,” A spokeman for the British military said.