Russia Faces Pushback After Identifying Country It Claims Sabotaged Nord Stream Pipelines; Cuts Grain Exports
AT SEA, SWEDEN - SEPTEMBER 30: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY - MANDATORY CREDIT - "SWEDISH COAST GUARD / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) A screen grab from Danish Defense shows a gas leak causes bubbles on the surface of the water at Sea in Sweden on September 30, 2022. A fourth leak was reported Thursday in the Nord Stream gas pipelines off the coast of Sweden, authorities said. "There are two emissions in the Swedish economic zone, a larger one at Nord Stream 1 and a smaller one at Nord Stream 2," the Swedish Coast Guard said in a press statement.
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The Russian government claimed without evidence on Saturday that the British Military blew up the country’s Nord Stream gas pipelines last month, a claim that was met with immediate pushback from London.

“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,” Russia claimed without providing any evidence.

The British government responded by calling the allegations false and saying that Russia was trying to distract from their failures in Ukraine.

“To detract from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defence is resorting to peddling false claims of an epic scale,” the British defense ministry said. “This invented story, says more about arguments going on inside the Russian government than it does about the West.”

Russia also accused the British Military of assisting Ukrainian forces conducting a drone attack on the Russian Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol, the biggest city in Russian-annexed Crimea, Saturday morning.

“The preparation of this terrorist act and the training of servicemen of the Ukrainian 73rd Special Center for Naval Operations were carried out under the guidance of British specialists located in the town of Ochakiv,” the Russian government claimed. “As a result of the operational measures taken by the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, all the air drones were destroyed, though minor damage was done to the minesweeper Ivan Golubets.”

Video online showed the drones traveling through the water looking for Russian ships to attack.

Russia responded to the drone attack by announcing that they were withdrawing from a U.N.-brokered agreement that “has seen more than 9 million tons of grain exported from Ukraine during the war and has brought down soaring global food prices.”

“In connection with the actions of Ukrainian armed forces, led by British specialists, directed, among other things, against Russian ships that ensure the functioning of the humanitarian corridor in question (which cannot be qualified otherwise than as a terrorist attack), the Russian side cannot guarantee the safety of civilian dry cargo ships participating in the Black Sea initiative, and suspends its implementation from today for an indefinite period,” the Russians said.

President Joe Biden (D) fumed at the development, calling it “purely outrageous.”

“There’s no merit to what they’re doing,” Biden told reporters in Delaware. “The U.N. negotiated that deal and that should be the end of it.”

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