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Sweden strengthens Baltic frontline ‘due to Russia threat’

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Roberto Galea 21.09.2016 09:43
Sweden has decided to ramp up its military base in the Baltic island of Gotland, in a move experts see as a response to an increased threat from Russia.
Swedish soldiers during a military exercise. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsSwedish soldiers during a military exercise. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week, the Swedish Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported that Sweden had “information on an increased threat from Russia”, according to the Reuters news agency.

The agency added that Sweden's top military commander decided troops temporarily on the strategic island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea would remain there and that Sweden's military presence on the island would be permanent from now on.

The Polish Gazeta Polska Codziennie said that “in the face of such disturbing news, the Swedish authorities, following consultation with military commanders, decided to place a dedicated group of 150 soldiers on the island. These are able to immediately react in case of danger.”

The island of Gotland, a strategic location in the Baltic sea, is halfway between Sweden and Latvia. It is home to over 57,000 inhabitants. (rg)

Source: Reuters, Gazeta Polska Codziennie

tags: Russia
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