Russian sub interferes with science vessel in Baltic

The research vessel Aranda in Gothenburg harbor. (Johan Bergendorff / Sveriges Radio)
The research vessel Aranda in Gothenburg harbor. (Johan Bergendorff / Sveriges Radio)
Swedish Radio News reports that a Russian submarine forced a Finnish research vessel with Swedish scientists onboard to change course while in international waters in the Baltic.

The researchers from the Swedish weather service SHMI were going to take water samples, when the captain of the Russian submarine told them to move. The situation reportedly lasted a couple of hours and Swedish military aircraft later arrived to monitor the events.

There have been a number of recent incidents of Russian navy ships interfering with research vessels in international waters, as well as Russian warplanes coming close to or intruding into Swedish airspace.

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