Finland and Sweden are in a state of heightened alert as Vladimir Putin’s warships are being observed at submarine cables in the Baltic Sea.
The two Nordic countries have scrambled their navies to wind farms in the Baltic and Finnish media have reported there are warnings that Russian warships in region could be preparing for sabotage.
Swedish Navy Commander Ewa Skoog Haslum warned there could be the potential of sabotage on NATO allies by damaging or destroying the electricity networks in the Baltic which will affect the region.
The Swedish naval commander said they firmly believe that the Russian warships have mapped their targets of the underwater power network cables and Haslum insisted that both Swedish and Finnish navies will defend themselves.
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Off the British coast Putin is using a “ghost ship” which is mapping the North Sea to survey the UK’s vulnerabilities in preparation for any major conflict.
Bob Seely MP, who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee has warned that Putin is “threatening to expand the conflict further” as he sent Russian warships to the UK and the Baltic.
Seely who has a PhD in Russian military strategy, warned that “Britain is not ready” for conflict and that Putin could easily cut energy communications as NATO is exposed out at sea.
Russia could easily wipe 70 communication cables in a “deep sea sabotage operation” and Poland is ready to “defend European soil” should war break out and then advised that the UK needs to bolster maritime defense.
He added, “All these sea-faring countries have a vested interest in preventing Russian ocean sabotage. But Britain’s history is unique and our naval experience unrivalled, especially among our northern European allies.”
“The need is critical,” he added. “This century will witness a struggle between two versions of humanity: open societies like our own versus closed, authoritarian societies using all forms of state power to oppress their own people and threaten others.
“It is a struggle that we have not wanted, but one that we cannot, and must not, lose.”
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