Sweden faces military build-up call after submarine claims

Media reports of a suspected Russian submarine in Swedish waters could pressure the country to spend more on its military, expert says

While Swedish citizens enjoy a high standard of living and efficient national social welfare systems, they could face demands to increase spending on the military following widespread media coverage of allegations a Russian submarine may be in waters off the Stockholm archipelago, an expert says.

Many critics have questioned the veracity and timing of speculation a Russian submarine could be hiding in Swedish territorial waters at a time of heightened global military tensions under the US-led “war on terror”, and also point out it is common knowledge that most developed nations operate fleets of military submarines around the world.

But, in the wake of the allegations, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has raised the prospect of taxpayers increasing military spending, which currently accounts for one percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, a modest ratio of national income compared to its European neighbors. Continue reading

Russian bombers practiced bombing Sweden again

The following is a roughly into-English translated version of the original article (Swedish) via Google Translation:

For nearly two hours were attacking exercises against Sweden, Poland and the Baltic states of five Russian planes, including two bombers that were detected via radar as they flew out of the Gulf of Finland.

– I think the purpose was to practice the strategic bombers, to carry out various types of attacks, and it is not impossible that they also wanted to highlight the Russian presence in the southern Baltic, says Anders Persson, acting flight tactical commander in the Armed Forces to SVT . Continue reading