A Russian warship violated NATO waters twice on Friday morning, Danish armed forces said.
The Kremlin ship entered Danish waters north of the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm at 12:30 p.m. and a second time a few hours later.
Denmark labeled the move an unacceptable provocation, though the Russian embassy in Copenhagen said the Danes provided no evidence.
The Danish armed forces said the warship departed after the Danish navy established radio contact.
It comes after despot Vladimir Putin warned he was ready to use nuclear weapons to protect Russia’s sovereignty.
Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod tweeted: “A deeply irresponsible, rude and completely unacceptable Russian provocation amid #fmdk (Democracy Festival of Denmark).”
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Denmark’s annual Democracy Festival is attended by senior government officials, including Mr Kofod and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
“Bullying methods don’t work against Denmark,” Kofod said.
He said the Russian ambassador had been summoned, which was confirmed by the Russian embassy in Copenhagen.
The ambassador was told that a Russian warship “allegedly entered Denmark’s territorial sea,” the embassy said in a statement.
“No evidence has been provided of what happened, including the coordinates of the ship’s alleged crossing of the Danish sea border,” the statement said.
There was no immediate threat to the festival or Bornholm, Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskov told local media.
“We have to accept that the Baltic Sea will become a high-voltage area,” Bodskov said.
Ukraine’s defense minister said last month that Kiev had started receiving harpoon missiles from Denmark, deliveries he said were the result of cooperation between different countries.
Western allies provide Ukraine with weapons to defend itself against Russian forces that invaded in late February.
Ukraine said on Friday that its troops hit a Russian naval tug with two harpoon missiles in the Black Sea, the first time it claimed to have hit a Russian ship carrying anti-ship weapons supplied by the West.
It comes after Putin said he was ready to use nuclear weapons to protect Russia, though he emphasized he was not threatening the world.
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He said: “One irresponsible politician would blurt something out, then another — at a very high level, by the way, at the level of, say, the State Department, the top officials there who are preaching on this subject.
“And we’re not supposed to say anything? We answer accordingly. As soon as we answer, (everyone) jumps in: ‘Look, Russia is threatening!’
“We are not threatening. But everyone should know that we have it and we will use it if it is necessary to protect our sovereignty.”