Warsaw denies reported Polish, Russian submarine collision
PR dla Zagranicy
A Polish and a Russian submarine have been involved in a collision in the Baltic Sea, according to the Interfax agency, but the Polish defence ministry dismissed the report as “propaganda”.
Polish submarine. Photo: Łukasz Golowanow & Maciek Hypś, Konflikty.pl/Wikimedia Commons
Citing REN TV, Russia’s Interfax reported that the incident took place several days ago.
The agency said Polish submarine Orzeł needed to be towed away, while Russian ship Krasnodar was not badly damaged and was able to make its way to St. Petersburg.
But Bartłomiej Misiewicz, a spokesman of the Polish defence ministry said: "There was no collision between Polish and Russian ships. This is Russian propaganda looking for problems where there are none."
The Polish defence ministry told the onet.pl news website that the Polish submarine had not left the Bay of Gdańsk in recent days.
The reported submarine incident comes after Poland's deputy defence minister last week condemned “aggressive” manoeuvres by a Russian fighter jet over the Baltic.
According to the U.S. military, a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was on 14 April barrel-rolled by a Russian jet.
That incident followed the buzzing of warship the USS Donald Cook on 11 April, while the vessel was carrying out deck landing drills with a Polish helicopter. (pk)