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14.07.2017

Letter of Consul General Mr Andrey Pritsepov to the Herald newspaper, published 13.07.2017

I NOTE a rather questionable article by Mark McLaughlin (“Russians lurking near Faslane to eavesdrop on nuclear submarines", The Herald, July 11).
Do you really believe that 145 million Russians would elect a leader who would command his nuclear submarines to chase someone's sole and lonely operative U-boat which is firing missiles in the opposite direction or Type 45 destroyers with faulty engines or an aircraft carrier without aircraft on it, all of them being located in Scottish waters?
I shall take the liberty of recalling a piece of “breaking news” from April, 2015 when allegedly a hostile Russian submarine nearly destroyed a Northern Irish fishing vessel. Back then the majority of the media outlets were ablaze with all kinds of speculation and theories. However, in September, 2015 when the dust had settled, it emerged in a statement from the then British Minister of State for the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt that the perpetrator was a British submarine. It took almost six months for this extraordinary discovery to be made, yet for some odd reason the British press was not so keen on covering such an unfathomable development.
The above is a telling instance of journalists on a hunt for news of the “Russian subs lurking near Faslane”. We have come full circle in order to see a media article based on a report that in its turn is primarily based on other media articles.
We usually refrain from commenting on such articles as this one. Please, do not try to digest it without a smile or at least a grain of salt.

Andrey A Pritsepov,
Consul General of the Russian
Federation in Edinburgh

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/letters/15406875.Why_would_Russia_have_been_interested_in_a_lonely_British_U_Boat_/




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