Putin says Western claims Russia behind Nord Stream explosions are 'crazy'

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called Western claims that Russia was behind explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines "crazy" in a speech on Thursday.

Danish police have said powerful explosions caused ruptures to the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 undersea pipelines, potentially putting them permanently out of use. Putin previously said the West blew up the pipelines, while European leaders have accused Russia of sabotage.

(Reporting by Reuters)