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Newsline: Russia’s Embassy denies snapping Swedish TV tower

Russia’s Embassy in Sweden is denying any involvement in the snapping of a TV tower, adding the allegation must have been “inspired by the James Bond movies.” In a posting on its official Facebook page, the mission says it believes Swedes “will laugh when picturing Russian agents … unscrewing bolts” on the broadcast tower. The top portion of the 330-meter (1,080-foot) mast near Boras in southwestern Sweden broke off late Sunday and slammed into the surrounding pine forest. No one was injured but TV and radio transmissions in the area were knocked out. The embassy said Friday that Swedes have “a tradition to regularly look for a ‘Russian trace,'” referring to last year’s hunts for unidentified foreign submarines in Swedish waters. No one at the Russian mission would comment further.



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