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Sweden returned to the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea troops, which was reduced after the end of the cold war, amid tension with Russia. About it reports AFP.
The Agency notes that after the collapse of the Soviet Union Sweden reduced spending on defense, and then in 2005 disbanded the regiment in Gotland and sold it to the barracks. But in 2016 due to military conflict in the South-East of Ukraine, as well as the deterioration of relations between Russia and the countries of the European Union, the Swedish Parliament took the decision to return the army to the island.
Garrison returned to Gotland in January 2018. It is expected that soon it will house 282 soldiers, several tanks and other equipment.
“I’m not talking about the direct threat to Sweden, I’m talking about the security situation that is worse today than 10 years ago. For this reason we upgraded our national military capabilities”, — said the Minister of defence of Sweden Peter Hultqvist.
Gotland is of great importance for Sweden in the Baltic sea, as it is possible to control the air routes and sea routes that run nearby.
In September 2016, reported the concerns of Sweden on the threat from Russia, the essence of which was kept secret.
In the fall of 2017 in Sweden were the largest over the last 20 years of exercise, codenamed Aurora-2017. Maneuvers were carried out to “strengthen the defense and support in case of an attack on the country”.
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