Was a Russian submarine found in Sweden? The Swedish military has not released all of the evidence they have gathered, but already many experts believe there's enough information to connect the dots to Russia. But Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has dismissed claims of a Russian submarine and Russian media has also blamed the incident on a Dutch vessel.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, during October, Sweden deployed its military in the search for an alleged Russian submarine. The situation quickly escalated and NATO nations reported intercepting Russian jets near the search area. Sweden threatened to used armed force in order to raise the potential Russian submarine. But finding the unknown foreign vessel proved to be the tricky part, and the Swedish military admitted the alleged Russian submarine was "like Jesus."
Earlier this week, General Sverker Goransson, the head of Sweden's armed forces, told a news conference that the submarine's presence had been detected by military sensors.
"The military can confirm that a small U-boat breached Sweden's territorial waters," he said. "We can exclude all alternative explanations. There is no doubt. All other explanations have been eliminated. Sweden has been subjected to a gross and unacceptable violation by a foreign power."
While Goransson could not prove the existence of a Russian, or identify the nationality of the foreign vessel, they also believe it's possible there were multiple submersibles detected in the area. The newspaper Svenska Dagbladetreports that one of these vessels was a larger submarine measuring 28 to 30 meters, while the smaller sub is thought to measure about 10 meters in size. The paper also noted that Russia's special forces, the Spetznas, are known to have access to such equipment.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven issued a warning to any foreign country that might send a vessel into their waters without permission.
"Those who are considering entering Swedish territory should be aware of the enormous risks this entails for those who are involved in such violations," he saic. "We will defend our territorial integrity with all available means."
In response to reports that there was a Russian submarine found in Sweden, Prime Minister Dvorkovich said while visiting the World Chess Championship in Sochi that "we have no information about submarines in waters near Sweden; we concentrate on what we are best at: chess." Russian media reports were similarly dismissive of the idea. For example, Rossiyskaya Gazeta argues the submarine was actually a NATO vessel near in Stockholm. "But to say that means to admit that the Russians are innocent," the paper wrote according to Aftonbladet. "But such a manly step is one the Swedish military is apparently incapable of taking. As a result, Mr. Göranson behaves as if he has water in the mouth."