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Suspicious Russian ship was headed for Denmark

As Swedish intelligence officers continue their search for a foreign vessel reported outside of Stockholm, a Russian-owned tanker has been circling in international waters for days despite having Denmark as its listed destination.

Suspicious Russian ship was headed for Denmark
A Swedish military patrol vessel monitors the area around the Stockholm archipelago in Sweden on October 18th. Sweden's military said on Friday it was searching an area of the sea around the Stockhol
A Russian oil tanker sailing under a Liberian flag has been spotted zig-zagging off the Swedish coast near Stockholm despite having Denmark as its listed destination, Ritzau reports. 
 
The tanker’s position has raised suspicions that it is connected to the “foreign underwater activity” currently under investigation by Swedish intelligence officers in the Stockholm archipelago and widely suspected to be a Russian submarine. 
 
The picture in the tweet below shows the ship's movements since October 15th.
 

Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported that Swedish intelligence officials intercepted encrypted messages relayed between transmitters in the Stockholm archipelago and the Russian exclave Kaliningrad.
 
An underwater craft in distress can be difficult to manoeuvre, which might explain why it was spotted above the waterline, the newspaper said.
 
A damaged submarine would also need help from a support vessel, Svenska Dagbladet said, leading to the suspicion that the Russian-owned oil tanker NS Concord could be in the area to serve as a supply ship. 
 
More than 200 troops, Swedish stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters have been searching an area of the Baltic Sea about 50 kilometres east of the Swedish capital since Friday evening after reports of possible foreign underwater activity.
 

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MILITARY

Denmark decries airspace violations by Russian planes

Denmark's government on Friday decried two Russian aircraft violating Danish airspace and summoned   Moscow's ambassador over the incident.

Denmark decries airspace violations by Russian planes
Russian MiG fighter jets. NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP

The defence ministry in one NATO’s founding members said fighter jets had been scrambled to counter the incursion on Friday,  Ritzau news agency reported.

“Completely unacceptable that Russian planes violate Danish airspace, even twice in one day,” Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said in a post to Twitter.

Kofod added that the repeat violation made it look like a “deliberate action”.

“We are still examining the details, but I have already taken the initiative to summon the Russian ambassador for a talk at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs,” the foreign minister said.

The violations had occurred over the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, south of Sweden.

“It is very rare that we see this type of violation of Danish airspace, so two in the same day must be deemed to be serious,” Defence Minister Trine Bramsen told Ritzau.

According to the agency, Russia has repeatedly flown over Danish airspace and in August 2020, a Russian B52 bomber also flew over Bornholm.

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