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Sweden fears of possible Russian election meddling

Russia could try to influence the outcome of national elections in Sweden in September if authorities in Moscow feel their strategic interests are threatened, the Swedish security service said on Thursday. By – Johan Ahlander  The service’s head of counter-intelligence, Daniel Stenling, cited membership of NATO – which Sweden has debated joining – and security around the Baltic Sea as two ...

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Sweden: The defense posture of a ‘peace nation’

“Step by step,” says the defense minister, Peter Hultqvist. “Step by step, we are developing our military capability.” (He might say redeveloping.) Sweden is adjusting to the new realities of the region. By – Jay Nordlinger  What region? Scandinavia? Sweden is indeed a Scandinavian country, along with its western neighbors, Norway and Denmark. Unlike them, Sweden is also a Baltic state, ...

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Swedish security chief warning on fake news

The head of Sweden’s security service has told the BBC the agency is not just dealing with an increased threat of terrorism but also the impact of disinformation and fake news. Anders Thornberg, the director of the service ( Sapo), says this year could be even busier than 2017 as the country prepares for an election in September. By – Gordon ...

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Putin’s Zapad 2017 simulated a war against NATO

Since 2009, the Russian Federation’s General has been conducting the “Zapad” (“West”) exercise every four years (one was previously conducted in 1999). Its aim is to train the “defensive capacities” of the Russian Federation’s army in the Western Military Sector. Last September, the Russian army announced: “The Zapad 2017 anti-terror exercise is a purely defensive one.” By – Julian Ropcke Zapad 2017 ...

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Russia to send the world’s largest submarine to the Baltic

Massive Typhoon-class sub Dmitry Donskoy is to leave the White Sea and travel around Norway and Denmark Measuring an enormous 574-foot in length the Russian vessel it is one of the most feared of the Cold War era The beast set to serve as a chilling reminder to the rest of the world about Russia’s growing nuclear prowess Submarine can ...

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Rattled by Russia, Sweden to Bring Back Conscription

Sweden plans to bring back military conscription to counter Russia’s military buildup in the Baltic Sea, in a move that underscores how tensions are mounting along Europe’s borders with the nuclear superpower.  Via: bloomberg.com The decision by the government in Stockholm means that some 13,000 young men and women born from 1999 onward will be called for enrollment from July 1, ...

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Sweden beefs up defense in case of Russian invasion

Russia: Officials are ordered to return to Cold War tactics and implement their Total Defence Strategy as fears of invasion grow Officials in Sweden have been ordered to make sure they are ready for war  The government says local authorities should be better prepared for aggression Comes as fears of a Russian invasion in Sweden grow following annex of Crimea ...

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Sweden Deploys Troops To Strategic Island

Sweden recently announced a contingent of 150 troops previously deployed to Gotland Island for a training exercise will remain there permanently. Russia has called a move by Sweden to deploy a permanent contingent of troops on a strategic island in the Baltic Sea as inconsequential as “buckshot to an elephant.” Swedish Armed Forces Supreme Commander Michael Byden, in comments to ...

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NATO Air Policing jets train with US bombers over the Baltic Sea

Danish F-16s supporting NATO’s continuous Air Policing mission, along with JAS-39 Gripens from the Partnership for Peace nation of Sweden, conducted intercept training with a U.S. long range bomber.  Additionally, Typhoons from Great Britain – one of the Baltic Air Policing detachments – were airborne in western Estonia training areas while the bomber transited the Baltic Sea off the Estonian ...

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