NATO Chief warns about highly active Russian submarines

On Saturday 23 December, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that Russian submarines are the most active since the Cold War in an interview for the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. The submarines operate primarily in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

According to Stoltenberg, these operations are getting closer to the shores of NATO member states as evidenced by this year's cases, such as when British naval forces had to escort Russian vessels from Britain’s territorial waters. While modernising its armed forces, the Russian Federation has significantly strengthened its navy along with a fleet of submarines. These submarines also increased their activity in the vicinity of undersea cables which would, if damaged, fundamentally affect the world economy and, if breached, provide Russia with sensitive data on the global Internet network. At the same time, Stoltenberg warned against the disruption of the security of Atlantic sea routes, which would compromise cooperation within the Alliance. It is for these reasons, among others, that NATO is planning to establish a new Atlantic command, whose structure is to be clarified in 2018.

About author: Jonáš Vlk

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