Vladimir Putin today warned Britain of ‘serious consequences’ and ranted that Rishi Sunak ‘doesn’t understand’ the risks after he accused the UK’s special forces of trying to disrupt Russian nuclear power plants.
The Kremlin dictator claimed, without providing evidence, that Britain’s elite forces were training Ukrainian troops on how to damage atomic power lines in Russia.
The ranting despot threatened dire consequences for the UK while admitting his thinly veiled threat would be interpreted as ‘nuclear blackmail’.
Putin claimed his FSB security service had interrogated a Ukrainian team operating inside Russia during a speech at an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.
‘It turned out to be a sabotage group of Ukrainian special services,’ he said.
The Kremlin dictator claimed, without providing evidence, that Britain’s elite forces were training Ukrainian troops on how to damage atomic power lines in Russia
The ranting despot threatened dire consequences for the UK while admitting his thinly veiled threat would be interpreted as ‘nuclear blackmail’
‘Interrogation showed they had been tasked to damage one of our nuclear stations by exploding a power line….to damage the work of the power plant. And this is not the first attempt.’
He alleged: ‘During interrogation, they admitted they were trained under supervision of British instructors. Do [the British] understand what they are playing with, or not?
‘Are they provoking our response at Ukrainian nuclear sites, nuclear stations, or what?
‘Does the British leadership, or the Prime Minister [of the United Kingdom. Rishi Sunak] know what their special services are engaged with in Ukraine?
‘Or do they have no clue at all? I assume this is possible, too. I assume it is possible British special services act on the orders of the Americans. Either way, we know the final beneficiary.
‘But do they realise what they are playing with? I am afraid they simply underestimate…. I know there will be howling that starts after my words like ‘These are threats!’, ‘Nuclear blackmail!’, and so on.’
Putin – a former KGB spy in the Cold War – told his audience at the 2023 Eastern Economic Summit: ‘I assure you this is the total pure truth. So these guys are telling this to us during interrogation.
‘I know some can say: ‘They will say anything under a gun’. This is not true. And the leadership of the British special services knows I am telling the truth.
‘But I am not sure the leadership of Great Britain understands what’s going on.
‘These kinds of things are seriously concerning, because they [the UK] don’t feel the ground – which can lead to serious consequences.’
Putin did not specify which branch of British special services he was alleging had trained the Ukrainian sabotage team.
The Kremlin dictator will later meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Russia as he pleads for ammunition and weapons for his faltering war in Ukraine.
Kim Jong Un waved as he departed by train from Pyongyang for a visit to Russia on Sunday
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia today ahead of a meeting with President Vladimir Putin (pictured together in 2019) that the United States has warned could see an arms deal to support Moscow ‘s assault on Ukraine
Experts say Moscow will likely seek artillery shells and antitank missiles from North Korea, which wants advanced satellite and nuclear-powered submarine technology in return.
Kim arrived in Russia earlier today ahead of his meeting with Putin. Making a rare foreign trip and his first since the pandemic, the unsmiling North Korean leader waved from the doorway of his heavily armoured private train as it departed Pyongyang on Sunday evening, according to images published by state media.
The White House warned last week that North Korea would ‘pay a price’ if it supplies Russia with weaponry for the conflict in Ukraine.
Defying the warnings, Kim travelled to Russia on Sunday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
He was accompanied by top North Korean military officials, including officials in charge of weapons production and space technology, it added.
Mr Peskov said the two leaders would ‘cooperate on sensitive areas that should not be the subject of public disclosure and announcements’.
KCNA images showed Kim being given a ‘warm send-off’ complete with red carpet and honour guard at Pyongyang station in the evening.