Ships from the navy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands escorted three Russian ships in the North Sea on Saturday. According to the local Ministry of Defense, the frigate, submarine and tug were probably on their way to the Mediterranean Sea.
Dutch navy units escorted three Russian ships in the North Sea on Saturday, the Dutch Ministry of Defense reported. The Russian team consisted of a frigate, a submarine and a tug.
The statement from the Ministry of Defense stated that Russian units had entered the exclusive economic zone Netherlands in the North Sea and were probably on their way to the Mediterranean Sea.
Russian ships escorting the Dutch in the North Sea
According to international law, Russian ships had the right to sail through this part of the North Sea, but they were escorted by units of the Dutch Navy – as the Ministry of Defense put it – “to emphasize vigilance”. In March, the Dutch Navy escorted another group of Russian ships in the North Sea, and in 2022 the Russian vessel was turned back. According to the MIVD military intelligence, the sabotage operation was thwarted.
The Dutch special services have recently warned that Russian ships are mapping internet cables, gas pipelines and wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands, which may mean preparations to sabotage the country’s energy infrastructure.
Main photo source: Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands