Russian intelligence claims to have thwarted terrorist attack on South Stream pipeline

File – Stock image of materials for the construction of a gas pipeline. – Stefan Sauer/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) reported Thursday that it successfully foiled a suspected terrorist attack on the South Stream pipeline, which transports natural gas from Russian territory to countries such as Bulgaria, Italy and Austria.

Russian authorities said that several Russian nationals have been detained for their alleged involvement in the «sabotage plan», according to the TASS news agency.

«As a result of a complex operation, Intelligence has prevented a sabotage attempt and an act of terrorism by the Ukrainian special services against the South Stream gas pipeline, which allows bringing energy to Turkey and other points of Europe,» the Russian Public Relations Center (CSO) has asserted.

Thus, it pointed out that «Russian citizens involved in the preparation of the terrorist attack have been detained» and explained that explosive materials have been seized.

The FSB Investigation Department has thus opened an investigation into the case, while charging the detainees with acquisition, transfer, storage and possession of explosives or explosive devices.