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Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines

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Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines
Putin blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blowing up Nord Stream pipelines

Putin has blamed the UK and the US for the explosion of the pipelines (Picture: EPA/ Reuters)
Putin has blamed the UK and the US for the explosion of the pipelines (Picture: EPA/ Reuters)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has blamed ‘Anglo Saxons’ for destroying the Nord Stream pipelines.

Speaking ahead of the illegal annexation of four parts of Ukraine, Putin claimed the west was to blame for the explosions of the pipelines.

He gave a speech to thousands of Russian ambassadors in St George’s Hall in the Kremlin.

Photos show the president signing treaties that would absorb the occupied regions of Ukraine into Russia in a lavish ceremony, breaking international law.

He began his rant against the West, honing in on the US and Britain, accusing them of sabotage.

Referring to British people as ‘Anglo-Saxons’, he said they helped ‘organise explosions of pipelines in the Balkan sea’.

Putin also referred to the US military as ‘brutal’, before condemning the expansion of Nato.

He said: ‘The sanctions were not enough for the Anglo-Saxons: they moved onto sabotage.

‘It is hard to believe but it is a fact that they organised the blasts on the Nord Stream international gas pipelines.’

He added: ‘They began to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure.

“It is clear to everyone who benefits from this. Of course, he who benefits did it.’

epa10215474 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to sign treaties on new territories' accession to Russia at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, 30 September 2022. From 23 to 27 September, residents of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics as well as the Russian-controlled areas of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine voted in a so-called 'referendum' to join the Russian Federation. EPA/GAVRIIL GRIGOROVSPUTNIK/KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT
The Russian president has blamed the West over the destruction of the pipelines (Picture: EP)
Vladimir Putin formally annexing four Ukraine Regions - Dontesk, Luhansk, Kerson and Zaphoriza
Russian ambassadors gathered inside The Kremlin as Putin gave his speech (Picture: Sky News)
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attends a ceremony to declare the annexation of the Russian-controlled territories of four Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, after holding what Russian authorities called referendums in the occupied areas of Ukraine that were condemned by Kyiv and governments worldwide, in the Georgievsky Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, September 30, 2022. Sputnik/Grigory Sysoyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was in attendance (Picture: Reuters
(L-R) The Moscow-appointed heads of Kherson region Vladimir Saldo and Zaporizhzhia region Yevgeny Balitsky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushilin and Lugansk separatist leader Leonid Pasechnik react after signing treaties formally annexing four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy, at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 30, 2022. (Photo by Mikhail METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Moscow-appointed heads raised their arms in celebration after signing treaties formally annexing four regions of Ukraine (Picture: AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Denis Pushilin, Leonid Pasechnik, Vladimir Saldo, Yevgeny Balitsky, who are the Russian-installed leaders in Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, attend a ceremony to declare the annexation of the Russian-controlled territories of four Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, after holding what Russian authorities called referendums in the occupied areas of Ukraine that were condemned by Kyiv and governments worldwide, in the Georgievsky Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, September 30, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Denis Pushilin, Leonid Pasechnik, Vladimir Saldo, Yevgeny Balitsky, who are the Russian-installed leaders in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions (Picture: Reuters)
People gather in front of screens located near the Kremlin and Red Square before the live broadcast of a ceremony to declare the annexation of the Russian-controlled territories of four Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, after holding what Russian authorities called referendums in the occupied areas of Ukraine that were condemned by Kyiv and governments worldwide, in central Moscow, Russia, September 30, 2022. REUTERS/REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHER
People gathered in front of screens near the Kremlin and Red Square before the live broadcast of the annexation (Picture: Reuters)

As the ceremony came to a close President Putin and the Russian-backed leaders of the regions being seized stood for the crowd.

The audience in the grand hall chanted ‘Russia! Russia! Russia!’.

The scene echoed the events of eight years ago, when Putin was standing with the Moscow-installed leaders of Crimea – a southern Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia.

Putin’s claims come after a fourth gas leak was discovered on the damaged Nord Stream pipelines yesterday.

Two of them are in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone while the other two are in Denmark’s.

As a result, Norway has announced plans to deploy its military to protect its oil and gas installations.

FILE PHOTO: Pipes at the landfall facilities of the 'Nord Stream 1' gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo
Putin has claimed the UK is to blame for the explosions on the pipelines (Picture: Reuters)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Xinhua/Shutterstock (13427836c) Aerial photo released by the Danish Ministry of Defense on Sept. 27, 2022 shows the Nord Stream gas pipeline leak site. Measuring stations in Sweden registered strong underwater explosions in the same area of sea as the gas leaks that occurred in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines on Monday, Swedish television (SVT) reported on Tuesday. The government of Denmark considers the Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks
The site of the Nord Stream gas pipeline leak (Picture: Xinhua/Shutterstock)
Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov attends a ceremony formally annexing four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy, at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 30, 2022. (Photo by Mikhail METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)
Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov was also at the ceremony (Picture: AFP)

Sweden’s coastguard noticed the fresh damage to the pipelines earlier this week.

While neither pipeline was in use at the time of the suspected blasts, they were filled with gas that has been spewing out in the Baltic Sea since Monday’s ruptures.

The fourth leak was on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, in close proximity to a larger hole found on the nearby Nord Stream 1.

A sharp drop in pressure on both pipelines was registered Monday and seismologists detected explosions, triggering a wave of speculation about who might have sabotaged one of Russia’s most important energy corridors.

The European Union said it suspected sabotage caused the damage to the Gazprom-led Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in Swedish and Danish waters.

The White House has dismissed Russian allegations it was behind the incidents.

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The four leaks have spread across the pipeline this week (Picture: Getty)
FILE PHOTO: Pipes at the landfall facilities of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo
The pipeline is one of Russia’s most important energy corridors (Picture: Reuters)

Russia’s top spy said that Moscow had intelligence indicating that the West was behind what he said was a ‘terrorist act’ against the pipelines.

The European Union suspects sabotage was behind the gas leaks on the subsea pipelines and has promised a ‘robust response’ to any intentional disruption of its energy infrastructure.

European leaders also suggested ‘deliberate actions’ caused the damage to the pipelines.

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen said sabotage could not be ruled out and her words were also echoed by Sweden’s acting prime minister Magdalena Andersson.

Meanwhile, Ukraine went as far as to say the natural gas leaks were a ‘terrorist attack’ by Moscow.

The Kremlin angrily denied any involvement in ‘sabotage’ adding that it was ‘absurd’ to conclude that Russia is behind any major gas leaks in the Baltic Sea.

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