This week two Russian corvettes from the Black Sea Fleet sailed to the Baltic Sea.
The corvettes are equipped with long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The Russian vessels were followed by several vessels from the Danish Navy.
NATO confirmed on Wednesday that the vessels were in the Baltic Sea. A source in the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed to the newspaper Izvestia that Russia is increasing its naval presence in the Baltic Sea. The first missiles and ships are already in place, the source said the newspaper.
Sweden's defense minister is concerned. He says that the Russian vessels are not exactly adding to peace in the area. In late September, Sweden therefore deployed forces to the strategically important island of Gotland, 1.5 years earlier than planned (pictured).
Now the leader of the Swedish Parliament's Defense Committee expresses great concern over the development. He points out that the Norwegian Parliament's Foreign and Defense Committee on Monday informed that around 330 US Marines were to be stationed at Værnes.
- When Norway says that US troops are needed on Norwegian soil, something that has not happened since the Cold War, one should be aware that this is not about a Swedish mass psychosis. What is happening now is very alarming, says Allan Widman, to SVT.
The two Russian corvettes are equipped with «Kalibr» cruise missiles which has a range of 1,600 miles. Now the leader of the Swedish Armed Services Committee demands that Sweden acts quickly, and spend money now to deter against war.
- Should we interpret it as if it could be war if we do not act quickly?
- I do not believe that Sweden's actions alone will decide the question of war, but there is a real danger of war that everybody should be aware of, says Allan Widman.
Sweden is a neutral country and not part of NATO. It has Finland between itself and Russia.
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