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Deadly African swine fever heading towards Sweden

“African swine fever can cause very high mortality among wild boar, which can cause major negative consequences for the hunting industry and game farming in Sweden,” says Anna Malmsten, a lawyer at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in a statement. By – Brünnhilde During recent years, the disease has rapidly spread in Europe and is now within Sweden’s vicinity. Wild boar ...

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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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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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Sweden and Finland in NATO’s Defense of the Baltic States

NATO should defend Sweden and Finland in the event of an armed aggression, although neither country is an alliance member, a senior NATO official said on Wednesday at an event that underscored growing concerns about Russia’s military buildup. Via: Brünnhilde Commodore Hans Helseth, special adviser to the NATO Joint Warfare Center in Norway, said the two nations’ growing ties to ...

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Macron vows reprisals if chemical weapons used in Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a “red line” that would draw an “immediate response” from France. Macron accuses Russia of following a ‘hybrid strategy combining military intimidation and an information war’   Via: AFP “A very clear red line exists on our side, the use of chemical weapons by whomever,” Macron said ...

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300 Marines Deployed To Norway Near Russian Border For First Time Since World War II

More than 300 Marines will be deployed to Norway along the Russian border as tensions between Moscow and Washington over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria have provoked new threats of sanctions and military upgrades. The deployment marks the first time a foreign military will be on the ground in Norway since World War II, according to Reuters. The Marines will take part in training and manoeuvres ...

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