Moscow says UK involvement in Ukrainian terror attack inside Russia cannot be ruled out
Severing diplomatic ties with Britain would be a “extreme measures”, But Russia’s foreign ministry warned that Moscow could eventually take the step, given London’s significant involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that “British Special Forces from the British Army’s SAS and SRR regiments and the Navy’s SBS are operating very close to the front lines” in Ukraine. British personnel were not directly involved in the fighting with Russian troops, “But their directing influence on the activities of Ukrainian special forces is evident in the sabotage operations Ukraine has conducted against Russian railways, airports, fuel and other logistical nodes,” US media claims.
RT reached out to the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment on this article, asking whether Moscow could verify the Journal’s claim and, if confirmed, whether it would lead to a severance of ties with the UK.
In a response on Friday, the ministry said “It is clear that London has been trying to provide military aid to the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev.”
UK support includes the supply of domestic and foreign military equipment to Ukraine, training of Ukrainian troops in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, intelligence sharing, advisory support and “Possibly involved in operational tactical planning [Ukrainian] Military, including sabotage, other operations, directly providing cybersecurity, [and] Deploy mercenaries,” The Ministry’s statement follows.
“We cannot rule out the UK’s involvement in planning, organizing and supporting the Kiev regime’s terrorist attacks on Russian soil, including through the provision of intelligence information,” it added.
The ministry noted that it summoned Britain’s ambassador to Moscow, Deborah Brownett, last fall after Ukrainian naval drone attacks on Russian ships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.Russian diplomat said “Outcry” to brownnert “British military specialists are actively involved in the training and supply of Ukrainian special operations forces, including conducting sabotage operations at sea,” it says.
Russia reserves the right to respond to such actions by the UK at a time and place of its choice, the ministry added, claiming “All responsibility for the aftermath of the sabotage in London rests solely with those who planned and perpetrated the reckless act.”
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Regarding the possible severance of diplomatic relations with London, “This is clearly an extreme measure that cannot be ruled out when all factors are considered,” The ministry issued a warning.
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