Scottish & Newcastle's arbitration case against Carlsberg over their Russian joint venture Baltic Beverages Holdings is “frivolous” and has “absolutely no merit”, Carlsberg has claimed.

Responding to the release of details of S&N's claim, Carlsberg said its would be requesting the arbitration panel to dismiss the case for being “totally unfounded and to constitute a misuse of the arbitration process”.

S&N claimed in October last year that Carlsberg had breached the terms of the joint venture when it joined forces with Heineken to make a joint bid for S&N.

“We've seen nothing new of substance today,” said Carlsberg CEO and president Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen. “S&N continues to progress with a case that has absolutely no merit instead of focusing on the certainty of the cash value of the consortium's proposal."