Why are Russian ships loitering around undersea internet cable?

NY Times:

Russian Presence Near Undersea Cables Concerns U.S.

Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among U.S. officials.
It is unlikely they are trying to get a connection.  I suspect they are looking to see how easy it is to disrupt communications in the event of a conflict with the US and Europe.

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