UEFA Nations League: Last-gasp Spain strike denies Germany

Germany 1-1 Spain, Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart
(Werner 51′ — Gaya 90’+6)

Spain scored a late, late equalizer to hold Germany to a 1-1 draw in the Nations League as international football returned for the first time in 2020.

Joachim Löw’s team looked to have got their Group 4 campaign off to a winning start following Timo Werner’s strike just after half-time. But when Ferran Torres floated one last cross into the box in injury time, Germany failed to clear. Rodrigo Moreno won the header and Jose Gaya nodded home to rescue a point for Spain.

As disappointing as the finale was from a German point of view, a draw was a fair result overall after 96 minutes in which both teams created chances. But it was Werner, returning to his home town of Stuttgart after his move to Chelsea this summer, who opened the scoring after impressive work by debutant Robin Gosens.

The Atalanta full-back, who scored ten goals and assisted eight more last season as the Serie A side reached the Champions League quarterfinals, advanced down the left and cut back to Werner. The former Stuttgart and RB Leipzig striker, who scored his first goal for Chelsea in a friendly against Brighton at the weekend, controlled neatly and shimmied into space before firing low and hard past David De Gea.

UEFA Nations League Deutschland Spanien Ansu Fati (Getty Images/M. Hangst)

17-year-old Ansu Fati caused Germany problems when he came on.

The Spanish goalkeeper, coming off the back of a mixed season with Manchester United, had kept the game goalless in the first half, saving spectacularly from Leroy Sané. He later tipped a Niklas Süle header over the bar, but he had no chance with Werner’s shot.

His opposite number Kevin Trapp, Germany’s number three starting ahead of Manuel Neuer and Marc-André ter Stegen, was also called into action early on after Emre Can’s wayward back-pass allowed new Leeds United signing Rodrigo Moreno to nip in – but Trapp recovered with a well-timed sliding tackle.

Rodrigo continued to pose the biggest threat for the visitors, firing a venomous effort just wide before the hour mark, while half-time substitute Ansu Fati also injected pace and directness to Spain’s attacks. The 17-year-old Barcelona forward is the youngest player to represent Spain since 1936.

He had the ball in the net himself in injury time, but his header was ruled out after his teammate Sergio Ramos – twice his age – committed a foul in the build-up. But there was nothing to save Germany when Gaya headed home at the last.

As it happened:

FT Germany 1-1 Spain — It’s all over! Spain have earned a point with virtually the last kick of the game. the equalizer had been coming for 20 minutes or so, and that’s a lesson for Germany in closing out games. It ends all square in Stuttgart.

90’+6 GOAL! Germany 1-1 Spain — It’s last gasp equalizer for Spain! Gaya turns the ball into the net from close range. Germany have let this one get away.

93′ Spain pushing for an equaliser but they’re running out of time fast.

90′ Fati heads in but has his second goal chalked off, this time for a foul by Ramos. The Spain captain impedes Ginter as the ball comes in, but the ref was quick to whistle.

88′ Germany sub: Koch on, Werner off.

UEFA Nations League Deutschland Spanien Tor Werner (Getty Images/M. Hangst)

Werner’s strike was his 12th in 30 games for Germany.

86′ Rüdiger throws himself at Kroos’s corner but can’t keep his header down.

83′ Fati drives into the box and attempts to cut the ball back, but Süle is there is clear for a corner. Fati has introduced some pace and directness to Spain’s play, which was sorely missing before he came on.

77′ Close for Germany! Süle’s header is a very good one which is dropping under the bar, but De Gea springs off his line and tips it over. Great reactions by the Manchester United keeper.

74′ Germany sub. Serdar on, Gündogan off.

72′ Fati puts the ball in the net but Carvajal is flagged offside in the build up. The Real Madrid man was way off.

63′ Germany sub: Ginter on, Sane off.

62′ Chance for Germany as Sane gets into a good position again but his cross forces Werner too wide and the Chelsea man can only slam his shot into the side-netting.

59′ Fati gets into a great position but his throughball is very poor. Spain have got into good areas tonight but haven’t been able to convert those openings into proper chances. Final ball poor.

56′ Rodrigo has a pop from distance and it’s not a bad effort by the new Leeds striker, but Trapp knew it was going over.

53′ Almost a quick second for Germany as Sane goes clean through but he can’t sort out his feet and Thiago gets back to make an important block.

51′ GOAL! Germany 1-0 Spain — Werner scores! Germany make the breakthrough and it’s a goal created by the debutant Gosens. His run and cross finds Werner, who gets the ball out of his feet and drills it into the bottom corner.

46′ SECOND HALF — We’re back underway. One change for Spain, with Fati replacing Navas.

45′ HT Germany 0-0 Spain — Not a classic in Stuttgart. A somewhat lethargic game but Germany have shaded it so far. Spain have ahad a couple of chances too though, and both sides just need to show better finishing to force the opening goal. Goalless t the break.

42′ Thiago orchestrates a fine move but his cross from the left is hooked away by Süle. 

39′ Promising move by Germany but Sane’s final ball is poor again. Should have used his right foot, but he doesn’t have one, and his outside-of-the-left-foot attempt to thread the ball through to Werner was pitiful.

36′ Werner drives at Sergio Ramos and goes for goal with an early shot, but it sails way over.

33′ The pace of the game is noticeably slower than recent club games. Both sets of players seem to just want to get through it without getting injured.

30′ A glimpse of goal for Sane, but Pau Torres spots the danger and gets across to deny the new Bayern man. 

26′ Gaya forces Spain’s first corner, which Thiago whips in, but Germany hack it out. Spain just starting to grow into the game.

23′ First chance for Spain and a first save for Trapp. Thiago’s floated free kick is nodded back to Busquets by Pau Torres, but the shot is straight at Trapp, who gathers.

22′ Germany enjoying the best of the game at the moment though. Spain defending quite deep and struggling to create anything.

20′ Promising break for Germany but Sane just puts too much on his through ball to Gosens, and the Atalanta man is forced to check back and the move breaks down. 

18′ Sane forces another save out of De Gea, this time a more acrobatic stop to the Spaniard keeper’s right.

15′ Germany almost score at the other end, but Draxler’s shot on the slide is saved again by De Gea at his near post.

14′ Ooh, Germany get lucky here. Specifically Trapp. The Eintracht Frankfurt keeper comes out of his box to clear but gets it all wrong and it drops to Rodrigo, but Trapp gets back to make an unceremonious challenge on the edge of the box as Rodrigo is about to pull the trigger.

11′ First chance of the game and it falls to Kehrer, who is picked out by Kroos but the PSG man sees his header blocked at the near post by De Gea, who had to be alert. 

9′ Werner is flagged offside but he was level. Although he hit his shot at De gea anyway.

6′ Very little quality so far, and also very little to talk about. 

3′ Neither seem settling in the early stages. Quite a few misplaced passes and wayward punts.

1′ KICK OFF — We’re underway!

20.40 The players are out, the anthems are done. Lets play some football.

20:30 Thiago Alcantara is back on German soil for this game, which sees Luis Enrique field an almost full-strength team. David de Gea, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Busquets and Rodri all involved.

20:20 Here’s how the guests line up…

20:10 Robin Gosens makes his long-awaited Germany debut — more about that here— as Toni Kroos captains the side. Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig’s Champions League players are given a rest, with the exception of Niklas Süle, who starts, as well as new Bayern signing Leroy Sane. There’s no rest for Thilo Kehrer though, who starts in Stuttgart just 11 days after playing in a Champions League final for PSG.

20:00 The teams are out…

2018/19 UEFA Nations League: Recap

Were it not for the UEFA Nations League restructuring, Germany would have been relegated in the inaugural season after finishing bottom of League A Group 1 and without a win to their name.

Following on from the disappointment of the 2018 World Cup, Germany started with a promising goalless draw against France. However, two defeats in the space of three days in October – 3-0 vs Netherlands and 2-1 vs France – only heaped more misery on a sidestill struggling to transition.

The campaign took further gloss of Germany’s reputation and led to questions being asked of head coach Joachim Löw. Those questions still haven’t been answered and, as a result, redemption will be on the mind during the 2020/21 campaign.

Read more: Exclusive interview with Germany team director Oliver Bierhoff

From the coaches’ mouth: Joachim Löw

“We are delighted to have our team back out on the pitch. The past few months have been difficult for everyone. I want to go into the tournament with a confident side, who don’t orientate themselves based on opponents, but brings their own game to the pitch.” 

From the coaches’ mouth: Luis Enrique

“If the European Championship were to be played tomorrow, this would be my team. All players have to take a step forward, whether they are 17 years old or 19 years old or 33 years old. Our aim at the EUROs next year is to win the title.”

Pre-match spotlight: Debutants?

Löw has called up three first-timers in his 23-man squad. Oliver Baumann has been rewarded for years of hard graft at Freiburg and Hoffenheim and “brings 10 years worth of consistent performances” according to Löw.

Gladbach’s Florian Neuhaus, described as an “intelligent player” by Löw, is the latest to make the step up from the Under-21s, while Robin Gosens could make his debut at left-back on Thursday after “a very strong season” with Serie A side Atalanta.

From the player’s mouth: Robin Gosens

“The EUROs are still a while away. I’m want to savor the moment and make my first impression count. What speaks for me is my whole package. I have a lot of qualities to make an impact on the left flank both in an attacking and defensive sense.”

Read more: Atalanta’s Gosens ready to make his mark for Germany

Pre-match spotlight: Kai Havertz

Havertz’s impeding transfer to Chelsea is becoming somewhat of a running gag, but it will likely impact his role against Spain and Switzerland. Even though he has reportedly completed his medical, Löw is unlikely to let the 21-year-old complete the full 90 in either game. 

Last meeting: Germany vs Spain

Germany boast nine wins to Spain’s seven in 23 previous encounters. The most recent meeting saw Thomas Müller score for what could be the last time as a member of Die Nationalelf as his goal before half-time cancelled out Rodrigo’s earlier effort in a 1-1 draw in Düsseldorf. 

Possible line-up: Germany

Trapp – Ginter, Süle, Rüdiger – Kehrer, Kroos, Gündogan, Gosens – Havertz, Werner, Sane

Possible line-up: Spain

De Gea – Navas, Ramos, Torres, Gaya – Rodri, Thiago, Fabian – Rodrigo, Gerard, Asencio



Council upholds worker dismissal, denies grievance

“We actually held it off for two weeks so they can get things together, and it still didn’t work out,” Carter said. 

The items that were unanimously approved included:

  • Purchasing a command vehicle for the fire department at a cost not to exceed $50,000.
  • Attaching Coaltown Road to a gravity feed sewer at a cost not to exceed $7,500.
  • Making emergency repairs for Well No. 11 in Silvis at a cost of $21,315.

By another unanimous vote, the council also approved a settlement agreement with Dragonfly Developers regarding a default on a TIF redevelopment agreement.

The developers, Tim and Laurie Phlypo of Geneseo, had wanted to turn the two-story space at 1121 1st Ave. in Silvis into a coffee shop and an apartment. But the project never worked out.

“We worked out a reasonable compromise for them,” Silvis City Administrator Jim Grafton said, noting the original incentive given amounted to about $30,000, with the ordinance calling for $14,000 of that to be paid back over three years.

“They had 24 months to perform,” Grafton said, adding that all of the $30,000 had not been given. “They exceeded that time limit. Therefore, they are in default of that agreement. So per the agreement they would need to reimburse the city for that incentive. So what the city council agreed to was to have them pay back a portion, and that portion was $14,000.”

Sturgeon sparks furious backlash from 'petrified' parents as she denies school COVID spike

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of “glossing over” a spike in coronavirus infections related to school reopenings. The Scottish First Minister was questioned over concerns about the increasing number of cases connected to school pupils. However, she dismissed the idea that the infections were solely linked to schools, prompting backlash online.

Ms Sturgeon told her daily briefing: “I am concerned about what appears to be a rise in cases, albeit many of these cases we’re seeing are linked to known clusters and outbreaks.

“Nevertheless it is a really sharp reminder for us that the threat of the virus hasn’t gone away.

“So all of us need to be really careful when it comes to abiding by all of the public health advice.”

One user responded to the answer, writing: “There was a confirmed case IN school last week in east Glasgow. Parents were informed at midnight last night,  so saying ‘most of these were not in school’ is completely glossing over that fact.”

Another added: “It’s just been announced that over-12s must socially distance outside their home so why are they allowed to go to school and not socially distance! My daughter was petrified the other day moving from a class like sardines in a tin! Please please look into this.”

A different tweet read: “New COVID-19 community clusters have been identified in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire & North East Glasgow. Nicola Sturgeon, they involved school kids & schools only started last week! Where in detail are they?”

READ MORE: SNP warned they ‘must investigate’ Russian influence on 2014 indyref

More to follow…



Trump denies deceased 74-year-old caught COVID-19 at 'disastrous' rally despite timing

The US President’s rally in Tulsa, Florida was branded disastrous online after photos revealed a low turnout. Trump spoke to reporters shortly after. He said: “I don’t think he did.” He told the media this as he left the White House Friday. On Thursday Mr Cain, at the age of 74, was pronounced dead after spending nearly a month in an Atlanta-area hospital fighting COVID-19.

Herman Cain was a former Republican party presidential candidate.

He tested positive for the coronavirus just nine days after appearing at Donald Trump’s June 20 Tulsa rally in Oklahoma.

A rally in which Mr Cain was photographed sitting in the tight confines, but not wearing a mask.

Mr Cain was also positioned near Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt, who then later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr Stitt said he didn’t believe he contracted COVID-19 at the rally because he tested positive in mid-July.

Mr Stitt said: “I don’t think there was any way it was at the president’s rally. It’s too long ago.”

Furthermore, the former Republican Presidential candidate tested positive within the timeframe that made it more likely he was infected at the rally.

READ MORE: US President faces calls to be removed from office over Tweet

Mr Cain, at the age of 74, was already in the vulnerable category for the virus due to his age.

On top of COVID-19, he was also a cancer survivor.

He was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2006, which had also spread to his liver.

President Trump talked about Herman Cain at the top of his Thursday press briefing, blaming the “China virus” for taking his friend.

At the same time, President Trump did now seem to acknowledge how Mr Cain might have caught the virus.

The President also tweeted a tribute to Mr Cain, including a picture of them both.

It was in 2019 during the spring that Mr Cain made a visit to the White House.

During that time period, Mr Trump wanted to nominate him to the Federal Reserve’s board of governors.

Herman Cain ultimately pulled out of the nomination process.



Trump denies deceased 74-year-old caught COVID-19 at 'disastrous' rally despite timing

The US President’s rally in Tulsa, Florida was branded disastrous online after photos revealed a low turnout. Trump spoke to reporters shortly after. He said: “I don’t think he did.” He told the media this as he left the White House Friday. On Thursday Mr Cain, at the age of 74, was pronounced dead after spending nearly a month in an Atlanta-area hospital fighting COVID-19.

Herman Cain was a former Republican party presidential candidate.

He tested positive for the coronavirus just nine days after appearing at Donald Trump’s June 20 Tulsa rally in Oklahoma.

A rally in which Mr Cain was photographed sitting in the tight confines, but not wearing a mask.

Mr Cain was also positioned near Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt, who then later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr Stitt said he didn’t believe he contracted COVID-19 at the rally because he tested positive in mid-July.

Mr Stitt said: “I don’t think there was any way it was at the president’s rally. It’s too long ago.”

Furthermore, the former Republican Presidential candidate tested positive within the timeframe that made it more likely he was infected at the rally.

READ MORE: US President faces calls to be removed from office over Tweet

Mr Cain, at the age of 74, was already in the vulnerable category for the virus due to his age.

On top of COVID-19, he was also a cancer survivor.

He was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2006, which had also spread to his liver.

President Trump talked about Herman Cain at the top of his Thursday press briefing, blaming the “China virus” for taking his friend.

At the same time, President Trump did now seem to acknowledge how Mr Cain might have caught the virus.

The President also tweeted a tribute to Mr Cain, including a picture of them both.

It was in 2019 during the spring that Mr Cain made a visit to the White House.

During that time period, Mr Trump wanted to nominate him to the Federal Reserve’s board of governors.

Herman Cain ultimately pulled out of the nomination process.



Judge denies bond for one of three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's death

Judge Timothy Walmsley also denied bond for one of the men, William Bryan Jr.

Bryan, Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael appeared in the Glynn County, Georgia, court via video conference.

Arbery was jogging outside Brunswick, Georgia, in February when Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are White, chased him, authorities said. Arbery and Travis McMichael struggled over the latter’s shotgun and Arbery was shot three times. Gregory McMichael told police Arbery attacked his son, a police report says.

Bryan recorded the cell phone video of Arbery’s final moments.

He is charged with criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment and felony murder.

Walmsley cited Bryan’s potential flight risk, lack of employment and ongoing investigations as reasons for denying the bail request.

Earlier during Friday’s hearing, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, asked the judge to deny bond for Bryan. “I am asking this court to say no. He can not go home. He denied my son to go home,” Cooper-Jones told the court.

“My son ran away. He ran, he ran. My son actually ran around him and my son actually ran for his life. But William Bryan did not allow my son to return home,” Cooper-Jones said during a victim impact statement.

Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, said in a statement read by a prosecutor that he “suffered the deepest loss a family can endure when the McMichaels and Bryan acted as judge, jury and executioner.”

Bryan’s son, Preston Bryan, argued for his father to be released on bond and told the judge his father doesn’t pose any risk to the public.

Following the hearing, the attorney for Arbery’s family, S. Lee Merritt, said they are pleased with the decision to deny Bryan’s bail request. Arbery’s family is “looking forward” to a conviction in the case, Merritt added. A trial date hasn’t been set. Merritt told CNN Friday that he expects the McMichaels will seek bond.

Walmsley also denied Bryan’s request to strike Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes’ appointment to the case.

Holmes was assigned the prosecution after Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden concluded his office was too small to handle a case of that size and magnitude.
The McMichaels and Bryan were indicted by a grand jury last month on malice and felony murder charges in Arbery’s death.
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The charges also include aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, according to the indictment.

Gregory McMichael told officers that he thought Arbery looked like a person suspected in a series of recent break-ins in the area, according to a police report.

No string of break-ins was reported in the more than seven weeks before Arbery’s death, and there was only a burglary report after a gun was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in front of the McMichaels’ home, police said.

Investigators said they believed Bryan tried to help the McMichaels by using his vehicle to “confine and detain” Arbery multiple times in the minutes leading to Arbery’s death, an arrest warrant says.

White Southerners, our souls are at stake. We must speak up now
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent in Charge Richard Dial testified at a preliminary hearing in June that Bryan hit Arbury with his truck during the incident.

Bryan told police that at one point he thought Arbery was trying to enter his truck, Dial said, adding that he didn’t know whether that was true but he felt Arbery was trying to escape.

Investigators found a swipe from a palm print on the rear door of Bryan’s truck, cotton fibers near the truck bed that “we attribute to contact with Mr. Arbery,” and a dent below the fibers, he said.

Bryan was working on his porch, defense attorney Kevin Gough countered, and his client didn’t know what the McMichaels were doing.

Bryan “sees someone he doesn’t know followed by a truck that he does. He does, with all due respect, what any patriotic American would have done under the same circumstances,” Gough said.

During Friday’s hearing, prosecutors revealed Bryan is the subject of a separate sex crimes investigation being conducted by the GBI, which the agency confirmed on Twitter.

The GBI said the request to investigate Bryan for sex crimes came from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, which borders Glynn County to the south.

Holmes said the sex crimes investigation came to light because of the Arbery investigation and there is a victim in the sex crimes case.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office told CNN its office “does not have any reports concerning this individual,” and was made aware of the complaint when contacted Thursday about a question regarding jurisdiction in the case.

“The Camden Investigators advised the GBI that since (the GBI was) already involved in the investigation,” it should “continue the investigation,” the statement said.

CNN has reached out to Bryan’s attorneys for comment on the new investigation.

Details of the case haven’t been released.

Arbery tried to escape, agent says

Though Bryan’s attorney has argued his client took no part in the killing, Dial said Bryan yelled to the McMichaels, “Do you got him?” when he saw them chasing the jogger.

After yelling out to the McMichaels, Bryan joined the chase, at which point none of the three had called 911, Dial said.

The McMichaels had already tried to head off Arbery once when Bryan joined the pursuit, the GBI agent said. Bryan tried to block in Arbery as Travis McMichael drove around the block with his father in the bed of the truck, he said.

Bryan “made several statements about trying to block him in and using his vehicle to try to stop him,” Dial said. “His statement was that Mr. Arbery kept jumping out of the way and moving around the bumper and actually running down into the ditch in an attempt to avoid his truck.”

At one point, Arbery was heading out of the Satilla Shores neighborhood where the defendants live, but the McMichaels forced him to turn back into the neighborhood and run past Bryan, the agent said. That is when he struck Arbery, Dial said, and Arbery kept running with the McMichaels in pursuit.

Bryan turned around, and that is when the widely disseminated video of Arbery’s killing begins, he said.

When police arrived after the shooting, Dial said, Gregory McMichael said in remarks caught on police body camera footage that he didn’t know for certain if Arbery had stolen anything.

“He had a gut feeling that Mr. Arbery may have been responsible for thefts that were in the neighborhood previously. He actually says gut. His instinct told him that,” the GBI agent said.

Travis McMichael, left, and Greg McMichael listen to a preliminary hearing via video feed in June.

Travis McMichael told police that he ordered Arbery to get on the ground before the shooting, and Gregory McMichael told an officer he had instructed his son, “Don’t shoot,” Dial said.

Suspects accused of using racial slurs

Bryan told investigators he heard Travis McMichael use a racial epithet after fatally shooting Arbery, Dial testified during the preliminary hearing.

Body camera footage also showed a Confederate flag sticker on the toolbox of McMichael’s truck, he said.

On cross-examination, Dial testified Bryan mentioned the slur in a May 13 GBI interview, and to Dial’s knowledge, Bryan had not previously made the allegation, including during a May 11 interview.

Dial said there were “numerous times” on social media and via messaging services that Travis McMichael used racial slurs, once messaging someone that he loved his job because there “weren’t any N-words anywhere.”

In another instance sometime before the shooting, he replied in an Instagram message that things would be better if someone had “blown that N-word’s head off,” Dial testified. Dial did not say to whom McMichael was referring and was not asked for more context.

Bryan, too, had several messages on his phone that included “racial” terms and indicated he may have prejudged Arbery when he saw him that day, Dial said.

“There’s evidence of Mr. Bryan’s racist attitude in his communications, and from that I extrapolate the reason why he made assumptions he did that day,” he said. “He saw a man running down the road with a truck following him, and I believe he made certain assumptions that were, at least in part, based upon his racial bias.”

Travis McMichael is not guilty, as “compelling evidence” will demonstrate, his attorneys said in May,

“Travis has been vilified before his voice could even be heard,” the lawyers said in a statement. “The truth in this case will exonerate Travis.”

Gregory McMichael is also a victim of a rush to judgment, his legal team said.

“So often the public accepts a narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts, one that vilifies a good person,” defense attorney Laura Hogue said in a statement.

Added co-counsel Frank Hogue, “The full story, to be revealed in time, will tell the truth about this case.”

CNN’s John Murgatroyd, Melissa Alonso and Angela Barajas contributed to this report.

Kavanaugh denies request from Illinois Republicans to block rule barring gatherings of more than 50 people


The Republicans had filed an emergency petition asking the court to rule before 6 p.m., ET on Saturday.

The Republicans argued the governor’s rule violated the Constitution because it treated political rallies differently than church services or Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

According to the brief from Illinois Republicans filed with the court: “Though fighting COVID-19 is doubtless a compelling state interest, the Governor’s policy fails narrow tailoring because it treats similarly situated speakers differently. The First and Fourteenth Amendments both guarantee equal treatment of similar speakers. Government may no more favor one particular speaker or category of speech than it may target one for disfavor. “

Russia fury: Moscow denies its nuclear plants are source of radiation leak

Finland, Norway and Sweden’s nuclear safety watchdogs said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere. A public health body from the Netherlands said that from analysing the data, they believed the material came from the direction of Western Russia. It’s believed that the material could insinuate damage to a fuel element.

Both the Leningrad and Kola Nuclear Power plant was working normally and had no leaks according to Russia’s nuclear energy body.

“There have been no complaints about the equipment’s work,” a spokesperson for the state-controlled nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom told Tass news agency.

“Aggregated emissions of all specified isotopes in the above-mentioned period did not exceed the reference numbers.”

Radiation levels around the two powers stations “have remained unchanged in June”, the spokesperson added.

The Komsomolets sank in the Norwegian Sea in 1989 after a fire on board killed 42 sailors.

A sample showed radioactive caesium leaking from a ventilation pipe, but researchers said it was “not alarming”, as the Arctic water quickly diluted it.

The Soviet-era sub is also deep down, at 1,680m (5,512ft), and there are few fish in the area, they added.

In 2013, it was unveiled that the Soviet military dumped many tonnes of radioactive hardware at sea.

It was thought that for more than a decade, Western governments had been helping Russia to remove nuclear fuel from decommissioned submarines docked in the Kola Peninsula.

A region closest to Scandinavia.

Soon after plans were put in place to survey numerous other dumps in the Kara sea.