Contents tagged with Sweden

  • Media: Sweden studies possible scenarios of Russian invasion

    Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Sweden has paid greater attention to its own territorial defense, the newspaper L’Express reports. Recently Sweden deployed a new regiment on its Gotland island, for the first time since the end of World War II. Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven were present at the ceremony in honor of this historic event.

    According to L’Express, Swedish analysts anticipate possible crises and even a war in northern Europe. After the …

  • Sweden allows government officials to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after the national team made the playoffs

    The Government of Sweden expressed its refusal to boycott the football World Cup held in Russia after the success of its national football team, reports the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

    "After the national team made the playoff of the tournament from first place in a group, the Swedish Cabinet of Ministers considered it important to support their soccer players. The cabinet members will be present at team games at the FIFA World Cup,” stated the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot …

  • Swedish appeals court upholds suspension of Stockholm arbitration ruling on Gazprom vs Naftogaz case

    The Swedish Svea Court of Appeal upheld its decision to suspend the February 28 ruling, which was made by the Stockholm arbitration court, concerning the gas transit contract dispute between Gazprom and Naftogaz.

    “Naftogaz tried to appeal this court order, but the court ruled that its arguments were insufficient,” Gazprom reported through its press service. “This circumstance strengthens Gazprom’s position for appealing attempts by Naftogaz to enforce the aforementioned arbitration ruling in …

  • Swedish appeals court suspends arbitration award to be paid by Gazprom to Ukraine's Naftogaz

    The Swedish appeals court granted the request of the Russian company Gazprom to suspend the decision of the Stockholm arbitration court in the company’s dispute with the Ukrainian company Naftogaz. This was reported by Ukrainian-Interfax, citing a press release from Gazprom.

    “The Court of Appeal agreed that there are sufficient grounds for suspending the execution of the Stockholm arbitration award. The issuance of this order deprives Naftogaz of Ukraine of grounds to attempt to seize Gazprom’ …

  • Sweden explains why it consented to construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    In an article published on the Ukrainian news site European Pravda, Swedish Ambassador to Ukraine Martin Hagstrom explained why his country authorized the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in its exclusive economic zone.

    The diplomat explained that, according to the project specifications, the gas pipeline would be laid outside of Sweden’s territorial waters, i.e. in international waters. In this regard, the government of the Scandinavian monarchy had to comply with the UN …

  • Sweden approves the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipleline

    The Swedish government approved the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in its waters, the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Sweden, Mikael Damberg stated at a special briefing, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    Earlier, Germany and Finland issued all the necessary permits for the construction and operation of the pipeline. Other countries along the pipeline route—Russia, Sweden and Denmark—were also expected to issue permits.

    The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will run through …

  • Sweden’s Home Guard conducting largest exercises since 1975

    Sweden is conducting its largest nationwide military exercises since 1975, in which 40 battalions and 22,000 reservists are taking part, The Local news outlet reported.

    "The idea of these exercises is that we are now strengthening our military defense and increasing our operational capabilities," Swedish Supreme Commander Micael Bydén said.

    According to the Ministry of Defense of Sweden, all 40 battalions of the Home Guard were mobilized for training, which means that the Swedes will see how …

  • Estonia announces its first joint exercises with the Swedish Air Forces

    The Swedish Air Force, together with the Estonian Air Force will hold AFX18 exercises. Swedish fighters will be deployed to the Ämari Air Base near Tallinn, the website of the Estonian Defense Forces reports.

    "These are the first joint exercises between the Estonian and Swedish Air Force after the restoration of independence," Estonian Air Force Colonel Riivo Valge said. His words are quoted on the Ministry’s website. He noted that the exercises provide an excellent opportunity to practice …

  • Sweden withdraws from Russian lunar mission and joins Chinese one

    The Swedish XSAN device for measurement of neutrals and ions, which was developed for the Russian Luna-25 program, will instead travel to the Earth’s satellite on the Chinese station Chang'e-4, RIA Novosti reports, referencing a letter from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF).

     “In 2017, our Chinese colleagues suggested sending the manufactured XSAN flight module on the Chinese Chang'e-4 rover in 2018, an opportunity that we could not miss,” letter reads.

    On May 11, IRF reported that …

  • Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs summons Russian ambassador over Kremlin statements regarding Novichok poison

    SVT Nyheter reports that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden has summoned the Russian Ambassador in connection with statements made by Russian diplomats regarding the poisoning agent Novichok.

    Maria Zakharova, official Spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, previously said that the Novichok poison found during the investigation into the attempt on the life of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal could have originated in Sweden. 

     “The most likely source …