Britain rejects Russia’s accusation of possible UK involvement in Crimean bridge attack

(Reuters) – Britain on Monday dismissed Russia’s accusations that British intelligence services may have been involved in an attack on the Russian bridge to Crimea.

“These are baseless speculations on Russia’s part and we will not honor them by commenting further,” a UK Foreign Office spokesman said in emailed comments.

Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said on Monday, without providing any evidence, that British intelligence may have been involved in the attack which left two dead, injured a girl and damaged the bridge .

“I have not heard any condemnation of this act of terrorism from any of the kyiv regime’s Western sponsors,” Polyanskiy told the United Nations Security Council.

“And we have yet to determine the extent to which Western, particularly British, intelligence agencies were involved in the preparation and execution of this terrorist attack. Too much evidence points to that.”

Early Monday, an explosion destroyed the bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, in what Moscow called a Ukrainian maritime drone strike.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne and Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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