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Russia accused of damaging submarine cables of the Norwegian Maritime Observatory



We are talking about the marine scientific observatory Lofoten-Vesterolen, located on the coast of Northern Norway. This scientific institution has a network of underwater fiber optic and electrical cables feeding a system of sensors to determine the general underwater situation in the Norwegian Sea, measure methane emissions and fish stocks. The sensors are capable of recording, including the movement of submarines. Probably for this reason, all information from the observatory goes first to the Institute for Defense Research, and then only to the Institute of Marine Research in Norway.

Concrete evidence is not provided, therefore only assumptions about the “possible involvement of Russia” in the incident are voiced. It is said that Russia may well have cut and taken away these special cables for research – 4.3 km from the 66-kilometer network, which led to the disconnection of many sensors at one of the important sections. At the same time, there have been no official statements from the Norwegian authorities.

“Russia has special-purpose submarines that may well be equipped to cut cables or even remove them for further study,” said Thomas Newdick, author of one of the materials.

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