Russian warships accused of ‘chasing away’ Swedish vessel to prevent Baltic States from achieving energy independence

Lithuania says it is being bullied by the Kremlin – and has already starting drawing up plans for what to do if Russia invades

Lithuania’s foreign ministry said a naval vessel from Russia’s Northern Fleet had entered its waters for the fourth time in around a month and illegally forced a Sweden-owned ship to change course.

The ship was overseeing the construction of undersea cable that is to stretch some 400km (250 miles) from Lithuania to Sweden, but has been “chased away” from its work in separate incidents on 29 March, 10 April, 24 April and now 30 April.

Lithuania has complained each time, and on this latest occasion summoned the Russian ambassador in protest. But the ministry said it was provided with no explanation, while Lithuanian media reported that a Russian naval commander had called on the vessel to stay away from the area because it had been chosen for “military exercises”.

“For the time being, the cable isn’t covered with sand, and we have a special ship patrolling at the site to warn other vessels not to damage it with nets or anchors,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told Lithuania’s national radio. “This ship has repeatedly been chased away by Russian military vessels.”

Full article: Russian warships accused of ‘chasing away’ Swedish vessel to prevent Baltic States from achieving energy independence (The Independent)

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