A Russian spy ship has detected the existence of electronic communications equipment for the Gagazet spy network, according to U.S. officials.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to sanction the ship’s operator, the Uralvagonzavod, over a recent incident that threatened to compromise the communications gear.
The resolution also calls for Russia to halt all transactions with Gaguzet, which operates from the U.K. and other countries.
It was not immediately clear how many of the equipment is linked to the Gagarazet network, but U. S. officials say the equipment likely includes a communications antenna used by the ship.
The Gagarakets communications equipment is considered sensitive to U,S.
and European intelligence, according a U.A.E. intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters.
U. N. Security Resolutions don’t specify who can inspect the equipment, but the resolution states that any “unlawful interception or disclosure of intelligence information by a member state is prohibited.”
The resolution says that if any member state suspects that the equipment has been compromised, it must take appropriate measures to protect it.
The United States has long sought to deter Russia from spying on allies in the Middle East and elsewhere.
But it has also said that a lack of information on the Gagaazet’s equipment has hindered efforts to thwart its surveillance efforts.
Gagaras spy gear includes a surveillance camera, a microphone and a digital radio, according the U-S.
A similar equipment was discovered last year in a Soviet ship in the Gulf of Aden, the official said.
It is unclear if the Gaganovs equipment was used by Gagagarazets or other countries, though U. A.E., U.R.S., URS, and other intelligence officials have said they believe it may be.
A Russian military intelligence official, speaking on condition that he not be named, said U.M.
S Gagarashts spy gear was found in the Black Sea last year.
He said the ship, the Svyatoslav, is now on alert and may be damaged.
Uruzgan’s military intelligence chief, Sergei Krivogil, said in a statement that he had “grave concerns” about the equipment.
“It is clear that the ship was intercepted by U. Russia’s reconnaissance satellites,” he said.
Ursula Kudrin, a spokeswoman for Uruzhgan’s armed forces, said the spy ship was “disguised in a cloak” and was “not carrying any equipment.”
“We have been in contact with Uru, and we have no evidence that it is a spy ship,” she said.