Neither Washington nor Moscow is talking openly, but a dangerous confrontation may have occurred between American and Russian submarines. We know for sure that a Russian sub caught fire which resulted in 14 deaths. The Russians say that the sub was a research vessel.[i] A site called Futurism had a different take. “Multiple sources are now claiming the sub was an AS-12 ‘Losharik,’ a nuclear-powered submarine some speculate was designed to cut the undersea cables that deliver internet to the world.” According to the article, “Russia has been surveying undersea cables, and experts have called out the Losharik by name as possibly playing a role in future missions to disrupt those cables.”[ii] DEBKAfile, a controversial Israeli military intelligence website – (who warned in 2000 that al-Qaeda would strike the Twin Towers again) – give this version of events, characterizing the confrontation as a “firefight, between American and Russian naval forces.” “A US submarine intercepted a Russian nuclear sub in American waters opposite Alaska. The Russian sub escorting the nuclear submarine responded with a Balkan 2000 torpedo and scuttled the US vessel. Urgent consultations in both the White House and the Kremlin were taking place on Tuesday night. US Vice President Mike Pence called off an appearance in New Hampshire after being recalled to Washington for a conference called by President Donald Trump without explanation. Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled an engagement and headed for the Kremlin to confer with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and military chiefs, after learning that 14 submariners died in a fire that broke out on a nuclear-powered “experimental submarine in Russian waters.”[iii] This comes at a time when both Israel and America “have both warned that they will take military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program if that is what is necessary.”[iv] Perilous times, indeed!
[i] 14 Russian Sailors Dead After Fire in Secret Navy Submarine, Time Magazine, July 2, 2019
[ii] Russian Sub That Caught Fire Possibly Sent to Cut Internet Cables, Futurism, July 2, 2019
[iii] Urgent consultations in Washington, Moscow on reported US-Russian submarines in firefight, DEBKAfile, July 2, 2019
[iv] Stefan Stanford, With Both Russia And America Holding Emergency Meetings Following Mysterious Incident In The Arctic Ocean,
Are We On The Edge Of Armageddon?, ANP, July 4, 2019