Akademik Cherskiy, the special pipelaying ship emerged in the Baltic Sea, with Russia probably intending to use it to complete the construction works of the Nord Stream II pipeline. Reuters news agency reported that with a reference to witnesses.
The photos taken by the news agency from the coastline show that Akademik Cherskiy is currently in the harbor near Russia's Kaliningrad region, which is separated from mainland Russia and located between Poland and Lithuania.
According to Reuters's estimates, it might take the vessel two days to reach the Danish island of Bornholm and complete the 160-kilometer-long pipeline section near the island.
"The arrival of the Academic Cherskiy suggests that the pipeline project remains a priority for Moscow despite U.S. sanctions on Russia. The United States says the pipeline would make the continent too reliant for energy on Russia, leaving it in Moscow’s political grip. Washington has touted exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to provide Europe with alternatives to gas pipelined from Russia," reads the article.