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Russian ship ‘mapped’ Dutch wind park: Dutch information

On Monday, a senior Dutch intelligence official accused a Russian ship of trying to map Dutch wind farms in the North Sea with the aim of disrupting the country’s power infrastructure.

Rear Admiral Jan Swillens, director of military intelligence, said the Russian ships had entered Dutch territorial waters “in recent months” but were escorted by the Dutch coastguard and navy.

“What we have seen in recent months is that Russian officials are trying to understand how the energy supply in the North Sea is organized, with the intention of disrupting it. is”

“The attempt was unsuccessful,” said Swillens, adding that “the ship was escorted by the Dutch Coast Guard and Navy.”

He declined to provide further information.

Swillens and Dutch intelligence chief Erik Akerboom said the incident had nothing to do with the expulsion of several Russian diplomats or the closure of a Russian trade mission in Amsterdam that the Netherlands announced on Saturday. Stated.

“Despite the outcome of the war in Ukraine, Russia is most likely to remain a threat to the Netherlands in the long term,” concluded a Dutch intelligence report released on Monday.

“The Netherlands must take into account that the war in Ukraine and its consequences will probably last for a long time,” added Swillens.

“The outcome of this war will determine our future security and prosperity,” he said.

“If the West does not maintain unity against Russia, Moscow will probably conclude that aggression will pay off,” Swillens said.

https://www.expatica.com/nl/general/russian-ship-mapped-dutch-windparks-dutch-intel-525969/ Russian ship ‘mapped’ Dutch wind park: Dutch information

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