While it’s usual for Russian submarines to sail near the UK, it’s unusual for them to be found in the Irish Sea.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed the presence of a submarine.
“We saw a Russian submarine in the Irish Sea, which I don’t think we have seen for a very very long time,” he told the Telegraph.
“We’re regularly visited by nosy Russian ships, and we are regularly visited now by a number of Russian warships.”
Ruslan Balbek, the deputy of Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, criticised the remarks of Wallace.
“We don’t share common borders, not the most extensive trade ties – where do we pose a threat to Great Britain?” RIA Novosti quoted Balbek as saying on Sunday.
“That’s all the fantasies of British politicians who are mentally very far away from the English people.”
Readers should be aware that in Russian, ‘English’ and ‘British’ are typically interchangable.
It has been suggested a Russian submarine which was spotted in the Irish Sea is likely to have been there on an intelligence gathering mission after a Russian intelligence gathering vessel was spotted near the UK Carrier Strike Group on exercises off the Scottish coast.
The RFS Yuriy Ivanov was photographed closely monitoring HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group off the Scottish coast.
John Clark, who can be found on Twitter at @jrclarkbf800, captured an image of the vessel, his tweet is shown below. Thank you to John for allowing me to reproduce these images.
— john Clark (@jrclarkbf800) May 12, 2021