Cold War memories were instantly rekindled Oct. 17 when reports emerged of suspected Russian submarine activity in Sweden’s coastal waters. Speculation was rife in the media and the blogosphere — it was a submarine, a mini-sub, some sort of underwater vehicle. While the Swedish Navy fanned out searching for contacts, other Baltic countries made searches of their own.
No confirmed sign of any Russian activity, however, had been reported by Oct. 24, but there was no question nerves were frayed and suspicions high.
Russia’s heightened aggressiveness has been on display for most of the year, notably in Crimea and Ukraine.
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