Russia’s shadow fleet: Sweden warns allies oil tankers in the Baltic used for espionage

Russia has deployed a “shadow fleet” of oil tankers in the Baltic Sea to circumvent economic sanctions and also engage in espionage, according to a top Swedish military official.

“We are finding antennas and masts that typically do not belong to, for example, fishing vessels, so it is clear that we feel that there are sometimes other objectives associated with their activities in terms of what is moving at sea,” Royal Swedish Navy chief Ewa Skoog Haslum told Swedish media. 

Haslum’s warning adds a new dimension to Sweden’s recent push for the European Union to target the vessels in a new round of sanctions. In the years since the launch of the full-scale war in Ukraine, Russia has turned to a fleet of an
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