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Fear of war now also in Sweden!While the world is spellbound on the Russian-Ukrainian border, disaster could also be brewing elsewhere in Europe due to Vladimir Putin’s great-power fantasies.Since Friday, Sweden’s army has been moving soldiers and weapons to the Baltic Sea island of Gotland. According to BILD information, Stockholm actually sees the possibility, albeit small, of a Russian attack on the largest island in the Baltic Sea.► As early as Friday morning, soldiers and Swedish infantry fighting vehicles of the “Stridsfordon 90” type arrived in the tranquil coastal town of Visby (23,000 inhabitants) and secured the town’s port. Swedish armored personnel carriers roll through Visby on FridayPhoto: ANDREAS BARDELL/Aftonbladet/TT News Agency/dpa oicture alliance ► In the evening, a US Air Force C-17 military machine landed at the nearby regional airport and brought 100 additional Swedish soldiers to the island. According to BILD information, the flight took place as part of a long-standing military cooperation between Sweden and the USA. This is where you will find content from Twitter. In order to interact with or display content from Twitter and other social networks, we need your consent. activate social networks

Background: Russia moved three of its heavy landing ships from the Kola Peninsula in the North Sea to the Baltic Sea on Wednesday. They would be deployed should Putin plan an attack on the Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Since then, the Swedish army has been on alert. On January 11, Russian landing ships entered the Baltic Sea (bottom left). Watched by fighter planes of Sweden (top right)PHOTO: SWEDISH ARMED FORCES/via REUTERS

Gotland would be important for attacking NATO countries

Swedish government officials say it is “not that Russia wants to wage war against us. But should Putin plan anything against the Baltic countries, he would first have to take Gotland. We see the Russian troop movements and we have to take this scenario seriously.”Plain text: Western countries see the danger of a Russian attack, not only on Ukraine, but also on NATO’s eastern flank, namely Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. An official who wished to remain anonymous told BILD: “If Russia were to plan anything against the Baltic countries, it would first have to take Gotland in order to base its S-400 missiles there. This would close Swedish airspace to NATO planes trying to support the Baltic countries.”

This is where you will find third-party content. In order to interact with or display third-party content, we need your consent. Activate external content This fear was confirmed to BILD by a spokesman for the Swedish military blog “Observationsplatsen”. According to him, Gotland has “become an important part of the defense of the Baltic States” since NATO’s eastward expansion.With the capture of the Swedish island, “an adversary would have the ability to stop any kind of transport on and over the Baltic Sea with air defense or anti-ship systems, as long as operations are conducted against Baltic States”.Also the military blogger from “Observation Plats” stressed that Putin could attack Sweden, although he was not interested in the country at all, but solely because of the strategic importance of the Baltic Sea island between Sweden and Latvia. “Gotland is of no interest without the perspective of the Baltic States,” the spokesman for the Sweden blog told BILD.

Gotland is only 300 kilometers from Kaliningrad

Swedish Russia expert Anders Östlund sees other possible reasons for increasing Gotland’s defense forces. The Kiev-based civil rights activist and networker told BILD that the Swedish government was “concerned about the general security situation in the Baltic Sea region, where Russia has a particularly strong presence”. Russia’s military base in Kaliningrad and the newly arrived landing ships from the North Sea are “only 300 kilometers from Gotland”. The Ukraine-Russia conflict also plays a role, as “Sweden has been very active in supporting Ukraine over the past eight years.”
Finally, Östlund is convinced that the Swedish government has information about “activities that Russia has undertaken in the Baltic Sea that are unknown to the public” that may be related to the recently arrived Russian military units.

This is where you will find content from Twitter. In order to interact with or display content from Twitter and other social networks, we need your consent. activate social networks The Swede pointed out that the Defense Ministry in Stockholm on Friday launched a campaign urging citizens to report “unusual activities on land or at sea” immediately.



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