Was the Russian submarine found in Sweden? The Swedish military has released photos of a “foreign vessel” found near the Stockholm archipelago. Officially, Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad says Sweden is not in the position to claim that any foreign nation, including Russia, can be linked to the foreign vessel. Unofficially, Christian Allerman, who twice served as Sweden’s marine attaché in Moscow, believes it is most likely a Russian submarine based upon the available evidence.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, initials reports of a Russian Submarine near Stockholm, Sweden were based upon three detected instances of “foreign underwater activity” in the area of the Stockholm archipelago. The belief that this unknown vessel was a Russian submarine was allegedly corroborated by reports that a radio signal was triangulated to have come from Kaliningrad, the home port for Russia’s Baltic Sea fleet.
The Director for Communication and Public Affairs of the Swedish Armed Forces claimed Sweden was “not in a position to deny or verify media news or speculations recently published about a missing foreign submarine.” In addition, a Russian defense ministry spokesman specifically claimed that a Russian submarine was not found in Sweden.
“Russia’s submarines, like the surface ships, have been following their tasks in the world’s oceans according to the plan. There have not been any emergencies or accidents with the Russian military vessels.”
On Sunday, Sweden released a grainy photo depicting a craft surrounded by white ripples.
According to The Star, Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told a news conference they were not sure if this object was a Russian submarine.
“It could be a submarine, or a smaller submarine,” said Grenstad. “It could be divers using some form of moped-like underwater vehicle and it could be divers that don’t have any business on our territory. This does not belong to us. It is a foreign vessel and we have no indications that there would be any civilians involved in underwater activity.”
Grenstad also could not confirm earlier reports about any emergency distress signal being sent out in the Russian language. “The information that the Armed Forces has does not allow us to draw the conclusion that it is a damaged Russian submarine,” he said. But Grenstad also noted that there have been at least three sightings near Stockholm in Kanholmfjärden, Nämdöfjärden and Jungfrufjärden, with the latest sighting occurring on Sunday.
According to The Local, former Swedish marine attache to Moscow Christian Allerman believes that a Russian submarine is the most likely suspect.
“The only nation with a motive is the one that doesn’t want us to continue developing our cooperation with NATO,” said Allerman. “They’re searching either for divers or diving vessels… small submarines or possibly a conventional submarine in the 60 to 70-metre class. The latter is less likely.”
Other developments also took place on Sunday, with the presence of Russian-owned, Liberian-flagged oil tanker NS Concord being connected in the local media with the potential Russian submarine. The tanker was seen criss-crossing the seas off Sweden, which seemed odd to reporters, but Anders Nordin at the Swedish Coastguard claims these movement were normal for a tanker. Reports also note that a Russian research vessel, the Professor Logachev, is heading toward Sweden, and it is equipped for underwater search operations.