AIn the face of increasing “Russian operations” in the Baltic Sea, Sweden sent several armored vehicles to the streets of the island of Gotland and patrolled the area. The army said about 10 armored vehicles and dozens of soldiers were in the small port city of Visby on Friday. A few days ago, three ships of the Russian Navy entered the Baltic Sea via the Great Belt Strait in Denmark.
“The Armed Forces are taking the necessary steps to protect Sweden’s integrity and to demonstrate our ability to defend Sweden’s and Swedish interests,” said Defense Minister Peter Hulkwist. AFP News Agency With.
Hultqvist told the TT news agency that the increased patrols in Gotland were a sign that Sweden was taking the situation seriously and was “not surprised”. The military said Thursday evening that the units would be used to “strengthen operations in many places” as Russia’s operations increase in the Baltic Sea.
However, Michael Clausen, head of operations for the Swedish Armed Forces, denied that this was a targeted Swedish “demonstration of power”. He said the AFP was part of a force already stationed on the island. This is the “natural way to fix a military presence”.
Sweden does not Then-Member, but works closely with the Alliance. Russia has recently warned of dire consequences if it joins the coalition. Since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine in 2014, Stockholm has re-strengthened its security. In 2017, it reintroduced coercion.
The West is operating in the face of a massive Russian troop concentration Border with Ukraine Concern that Russia is currently preparing for an invasion of the neighboring country. The Kremlin categorically denies this.