Swedish navy hunting for mystery sub, asks all civilian vessels to leave area south of Stockholm
Both Sweden and Finland, which are not NATO members, have reported airspace violations by Russian military aircraft in the past two months.
STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge.
In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally.
The military has asked civilian vessels to evacuate an area south of Stockholm, between Nattaro island and Danziger Gatt.
While Sweden hasn’t linked any country to the suspected intrusion — and Moscow denies involvement blaming a Dutch submarine — the incident sent a chill through the Baltic Sea region, where Russian forces have been accused of a series of border violations on land, sea and air in recent months.
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