An unidentified Russian warship had violated Denmark’s territorial waters last Friday. According to reports, the Russian warship was spotted north of the Baltic Sea island Christiansø where the Democracy Festival of Denmark was being held.

“A Russian corvette last night violated Danish territorial waters twice. The incident took place north of Christiansø off Bornholm,” a Danish Armed Forces statement read.

This warship reportedly entered Danish waters at 0030 GMT on Friday. It apparently exited the Danish waters and entered again after a few hours according to the Danish Armed Forces. It exited for the final time after the Danish Navy contacted the Russian warship via radio.

“Later in the night, the same corvette again crossed the territorial boundary also north of Christiansø. After a call on civilian VHF radio from the Navy’s maritime response unit, the Russian ship immediately left Danish territorial waters,” they added.

As a result, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod summoned the Russian ambassador to answer for their trespass. Kofod also expressed his displease over the incident through Twitter.

“A Russian military vessel has twice violated Danish territorial waters last night. A deeply irresponsible, gross, and completely unacceptable Russian provocation in the middle of #fmdk,” he tweeted.

“Bullying methods do not work against Denmark. Russian Ambassador urgently summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he added.

Russian Guided Missile Corvette Mirazh in Sevastopol (, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons). Source:
Russian Guided Missile Corvette Mirazh in Sevastopol (Mil.ruCC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

He further added through a statement that the Danish government had communicated very clearly to the Russian ambassador that these actions were “completely inadmissible” and that Denmark would not accept these Russian provocations.