As the world energy market is in panic, Russia started employing its warships to secure the ongoing completion works of the Nord Stream 2 project.
Russian warships are apparently escorting Akademik Cherskiy pipe-laying vessel that would be involved in the final phase of the Nord Stream 2 work during her route from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean
The Nord stream 2 is a new export gas pipeline from Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea. Recently, it was targeted by a series of US sactions that undermined the pipeline’s completion works forcing a Swiss-Dutch company set to lay underwater tubes to withdraw its vessels.
According to open source data, Russian warships adapted their deployment schedules in the way allowing them to be closer to the aforementioned pipe-laying vessel. Therefore, the Russian Navy’s warships would be able to ensure the safe passage of the Gazprom ship to the Red sea and the Suez canal.
One of the notable points of the Russian naval activities is Sri Lanka. The behaviour of the Russian Navy demonstrates that Moscow expects that some third party may take agressive actions against Akademik Cherskiy pipe-laying vessel (for example – to seize it) in an attempt to prevent its participation in the completion of the Nord Stream 2.