The New Cold War
It’s not uncommon for undersea cables to be damaged by ship anchors or natural disasters, and they’re usually easy to repair. But the fear is that Russia may be targeting the cables at greater depths, where they’re harder to monitor and fix, and that it may seek to disrupt them during times of conflict. Moscow may also be looking for secret cables that the US installed for military purposes.
Russia’s activity has become a point of concern at the Pentagon, adding to already mounting tensions between Moscow and the West. A senior European diplomat tells the Times: “The level of activity is comparable to what we saw in the Cold War.”
The US is backing rebel forces in Syria while Russia sends in air strikes to support the government. Is it just me, or is the cold war again?