Sweden: ‘New Russian Air Force incident’

25 April 2013 – Presseurop Svenska Dagbladet

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“The Russian military has once again taken Sweden by surprise,” writes Svenska Dagbladet, which reports on another apparent incursion into its airspace, in the wake of a previous incident at the end of March.

According to the daily, on April 20, a Russian spyplane, which most probably took off from the Kaliningrad exclave, conducted a mission in the narrow strip of international airspace over the Swedish Baltic Sea islands of Öland and Gotland, “at a time when Sweden was conducting a major military exercise,” which involved 1,400 troops within the NATO framework.

On April 25, the Swedish parliament’s foreign affairs and defence committee is to meet with chiefs of staff to discuss this latest episode, which once again highlighted their failure to provide a sufficiently rapid response.

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