Contents tagged with Sweden

  • Large-scale military exercises begin in Sweden

    Aurora 2017, the largest military exercise in the last 20 years, will be conducted in Sweden from September 11 to September 29, as stated in the Swedish Armed Forces press release.

    Swedish authorities said it is the largest one in recent decades and that it is unique for the country as the exercise will be held at sea, on land and in the air.

    "Aurora 2017 is a first for the Armed Forces and the largest national exercise in more than 20 years," the press release says. The main localities for …

  • Swedish Foreign Minister: Sweden and Lithuania oppose the annexation of the Crimea

    Sweden and Lithuania oppose the illegal annexation of the Crimea by Russia and wish to end its aggression in the Donbas, as stated by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "We came to offer our support and assistance. We stand for international law and for Ukraine to freely choose its future. We also insist that the Crimea is part of Ukraine. We oppose the illegal annexation of the Crimea, and we want an end to Russian aggression in the eastern part of Ukraine," …

  • Sweden has provided 5 million Euro to promote gender equality in Ukraine

    The government online portal reported that Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, and Swedish Ambassador Martin Hagström have signed an agreement to finance the project “Gender Equality in National Reforms and Establishment of Peace and Security in Ukraine.” The project is designed to run for four years and was given a budget of 5 million euro.

    “The funds will be used for providing an integrated national mechanism for …

  • Media: Suspects of explosions in Swedish city of Gothenburg were trained in Russia

    According to the investigation, the defendants in the case on the explosions in Swedish Gothenburg underwent militarized training at a special camp in the vicinity of Saint Petersburg, as stated by prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist, as reported by DW.

    According to him, the suspects, aged 20, 23 and 50, maintained contact with the Scandinavian radical nationalist-socialist organization the “Nordic Resistance Movement”. Furthermore, two of the three accused persons were trained at the ultra-nationalist …

  • NATO and Swedish air forces conducted reconnaissance near the borders of the Kaliningrad region

    On Monday, NATO and Swedish Air Force reconnaissance aircraft conducted flights near the Russian border in the south of the Baltic Sea, according to Western websites that monitor flights of military aircraft, Interfax reported.

    According to their information, the E-3A AWACS airborne early warning and control aircraft departed from the Geilenkirchen NATO base in Germany and approached the southern borders of the Kaliningrad region. Initially, it conducted a reconnaissance flight along the …

  • Sweden revives conscription policy due to Russian threat

    The Swedish Government has decided to bring back its compulsory military draft, which was canceled in 2010. This was stated by the press-secretary of the country's Defense Ministry, Marinette Nyh Radebo, according to the BBC. One of the reasons for this decision is "Russian military activity."

    Starting on January 1, 2018, about four thousand young men and women will be called up for service. They will be chosen from a pool of thirteen thousand people born in 1999 who will then be offered …

  • Swedish Foreign Ministry: Sanctions on Russia will not be lifted until the Crimea is returned to Ukraine

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Margot Wallström, stated in an interview with Dozhd that European sanctions imposed against Russia will be maintained as long as the Crimea remains under Russian control.

    “Our sanctions, the decision on which was made by the European Union, were imposed due to the events that took place in the Crimea… The territory was illegally taken from another European country. This is prohibited by the European security policy,” Wallström said.

    “Our sanctions …

  • US, Swedish and German aircraft conducted reconnaissance missions near Russia's borders

    According to websites that track the flights of military aircraft , planes of the U.S. Air Force, Swedish Air Force and the German Navy conducted reconnaissance missions near the sea borders of the Kaliningrad region on January 18, as reported by Russia’s Interfax news agency.

    According to their information, an RC-135W strategic reconnaissance aircraft of the U.S. Air Force with tail number 62-4138 and call sign LAVIC45, took off from an air base in Mildenhall, UK. It approached the coast of …

  • Stockholm has not dismissed possible Russian attempt to influence Swedish elections

    The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, believes that Russian attempts to influence the elections in Sweden cannot be excluded.

    "We should not exclude this possibility and are naive to believe that it will not happen in Sweden. That is why information and cyber security are a part of this strategy," as reported by The Local, quoting the Swedish Prime Minister, while speaking at a national conference on population and defense.

    He stressed that his government considers cyber attacks one of …

  • Four western reconnaissance aircraft scouted Russian borders in the Baltic and Black Sea

    Four Swedish, US, and NATO reconnaissance aircraft simultaneously conducted reconnaissance flights on Wednesday near Russia's borders in the south of the Baltic Sea and in the Black Sea, according to data from websites that track the movement of military aircraft, Interfax reported.

    A strategic RC-135W US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft with tail number 62-4138 and call sign FILE10, after taking off from the airbase in Mildenhall, UK approached the Kaliningrad region from the sea to perform …