By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
AMSTERDAM/STOCKHOLM (Worthy News) – Russian spy ships are in the North Sea preparing to sabotage wind farms and communication cables in the North Sea, an investigation showed Thursday.
The details from a joint investigation by public broadcasters in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland revealed that Russia has a fleet of spy vessels disguised as fishing trawlers and research vessels.
They carry underwater surveillance equipment and are mapping critical sites in the North Sea for possible sabotage.
Danish counterintelligence chief Anders Henriksen told the investigation: “In the event of a conflict with the West, they will be ready and know where to intervene if they wish to paralyze Danish society.”
The revelations were also closely monitored in Britain and the Netherlands, where Amsterdam is a crucial hub for internet traffic.
The Netherlands and other countries are also building massive wind farms that could be targets of attacks, the revelations showed.
Nils Andreas Stensones, the head of Norwegian intelligence, told the broadcasters the apparent program was considered “highly important” to Russia and was likely controlled directly from Moscow.
The report focused on a Russian vessel called Admiral Vladimirsky, which is, officially an oceanographic expedition ship or underwater research vessel.
But the report alleges it is being used as a Russian spy ship, with footage appearing to back up the allegations.
Separately, the Danish government released official documents this week detailing for the first time how Danish defense patrols had taken 112 photographs of Russian vessels off its coast.
The photos were taken days before the Nord Stream pipeline explosion in the Baltic Sea in September.
The explosion destroyed the pipeline and led to the discharge of large amounts of natural gas.
Officially no country has claimed responsibility for the sabotage.
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