THE GUARDIAN: Russian military presence in the Baltic Sea area

LONDON: Irregular military activity has been reported in the Baltic Sea region near the Danish island of Bornholm following the beaching of the Russian fishing trawler Dalniy Vostok last week which later was destroyed by a fire on the night of the 22nd of February.

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) is currently investigating the issue as one Russian national lost his life in the incident, trying to retrieve possessions from the vessel. The recent presence of Russian military in the area followed to the refusal of the Danish government to grant Russian investigators access to the ship wreck.

 

The discussion on a potential Russian threat in the region has been present in the public debate of the countries around the Baltic Sea. The issue of a potential NATO-membership of Sweden and Finland has been dominated the political debate of Denmark’s Scandinavian fellow countries as response to increased military presence around strategically important areas like Gotland, Åland and Bornholm, as well as the Northern part of Norway.

 

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