Suspicious Russian Submarine Activity Around Undersea Internet Cables Raises Alarm: Report
An increasing Russian submarine activity around undersea cables that provide internet and other communications connections to North America and Europe has raised concerns among NATO officials, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
U.S. officials say an unprecedented amount of Russian deep-sea activity around undersea internet lines, constitutes a newfound “vulnerability” for NATO nations.
“We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don’t believe we have ever seen,” said NATO submarine forces commander and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Andrew Lennon. “Russia is clearly taking an interest in NATO and NATO nations’ undersea infrastructure.”
“It’s a pattern of activity, and it’s a vulnerability,” added British Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach, who has spoken about the issue in the past.
“Can you imagine a scenario where those cables are cut or disrupted, which would immediately and potentially catastrophically affect both our economy and other ways of living if they were disrupted?” Peach said earlier this month, according to the report.
“We have observed is an increased activity in the vicinity of undersea cables. We know that these auxiliary submarines are designed to work on the ocean floor, and they’re transported by the mothership, and we believe they may be equipped to manipulate objects on the ocean floor,” he said, according to the report.
Since Donald Trump election, Russia has taken unprecedented actions that threaten the United States and the world. Earlier this week, the U.S. Defense Department accused Russia of intentionally violating an agreement meant to avoid military accidents in the skies over Syria following an incident last week involving U.S. and Russian fighter jets.
Concerned military leaders, including, Lt. Col. Damien Pickart from the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, told CNN that forces might have to shoot down a Russian aircraft over Syria “because its actions are seen as a threat to our air or ground forces.”