VLADIMIR Putin has made the bizarre claim that PM Rishi Sunak may have “no clue” what the British special services are doing in Ukraine.
He accused the UK’s elite forces of training Ukrainian troops to damage atomic power lines on his territory and warned there would be “serious consequences”.
Putin claimed: “It turned out to be a sabotage group of Ukrainian special services.
“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 further alleged the group had been trained under the supervision of British instructors, asking: “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] know what their special services are engaged with in Ukraine?
“Or do they have no clue at all? I assume this is possible, too.
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“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.”
The former KGB spy 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 and failed to produce any evidence to support his claims.
He is expected to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Vladivostok as he attempts to secure more ammunition and weapons for his faltering war in Ukraine.