Of course, not without speculation. The web literally immediately began to appear messages about the torpedo attack of an American submarine against our device. However, we observed something similar after the death of Kursk.
The secrecy of the Losharik itself, as well as the missions of submariners in the Barents Sea, only exacerbated the atmosphere of mystery around the incident. Moreover, it is known for certain that in 2012 it was with the help of AS-31 that Russian specialists managed to take soil samples from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, which were subsequently used as evidence that the Lomonosov Ridge belongs to the Russian part of the continental shelf.
For many years, Russia has been trying to prove to the UN its right to vast Arctic territories, where about 13% of all world oil and gas reserves are stored.