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Despite an official policy of neutrality, leaked documents show that Sweden may be preparing for war with Russia.

In 2014, Swedish authorities were convinced that a Russian submarine was patrolling the waters around Gotland Island. The ensuing hysteria was based on grainy photographs, and the Swedish government finally admitted the panic had been for nothing.

Stockholm’s paranoia has, however, not diminished. According to an internal brochure circulated by Swedish Army chief Major General Anders Brannstrom, the military must be prepared for a "qualified opponent."

"The global situation we are experiencing and which is also made clear by the strategic decision leads to the conclusion that we could be at war within a few years," the document reads. "For us in the army we have to, with all force we can muster, implement the political decisions."

The brochure reiterates the military’s need for the "capability of armed battle against a qualified opponent."

There is little ambiguity about the identity of Sweden’s "opponent." The Scandinavian country has been steadily downsizing its military since the end of the Cold War but, after the sighting of the phantom submarine, a $696 million increase in the defense budget was requested.

Stockholm has also expressed a stronger interest in joining NATO, an organization that could be said to exist solely on its repeated and unfounded accusations of Russian "aggression."

Earlier this month, Sweden signed a bilateral agreement with Denmark to increase military cooperation.

"With this new framework for expanded defense cooperation, the next step for the Swedish and Danish Armed Forces will be to examine conditions for concrete operational cooperation," according to a statement from the Swedish Defense Ministry.

This is in addition to an existing military cooperation agreement between Sweden and Finland.

Brannstrom’s boss, Supreme Commander Micael Byden, appears to disagree that Sweden faces a current military threat. Speaking at a conference earlier this month, Byden denied any threat.

"We should be aware that we are continuously being exposed to intelligence gathering and campaigns. We also know that areas in our region, the Baltic and increasingly the Arctic, constitute areas of friction between Russia and the West."

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submarine sightings, Swedish Defense Ministry, Micael Byden, Anders Brannstrom, Russia, Sweden
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  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, for the swedes to relive the viking dream of colonising Russia. After all, they have a growing male female imbalance? :)
  • michaelin reply toAthanasios(Show commentHide comment)
    Athanasios, thanks for the heads up about malmo. I didn't realise the seriousness of the problems there. :)
  • michaelin reply toewt2025(Show commentHide comment)
    ewt2025, it seems that sweden is sharing similar problems with many other eu countries - scandinavia is no longer 'better'.
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, so you reckon randy Swedes want to procreate with the Russians :) They can then go on dating websites :)
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, no, they want to go back to being vikings! But not like Hagar! (maybe!) :0
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, they are not made of that "material" any more. It is just sad.I was always in favour of Sweden and Norway as the only two countries I would pick to live in if I had to leave Australia for what ever reason. I am against travelling out of Australia for a holiday. Forget Bali etc. never ever would I consider going anywhere other than this beautiful continent. And, now, with his BS going on I immediately see them no different to any other European country. A huge disappointment.
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, in a similar vein, my preference was for Switzerland - in Europe but not part of it in the eu way. Although I'm sure that the influence is growing there. I have spent time there on a couple of trips and was content. I still wouldn't mind living there although Russia does call! :)
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, I think you would be very disappointed in Russia. I understand your reasons though and it is OK, just it is not what you may expect at all. To travel for a holiday and see the relatives, perhaps yes. However, to live there for good, trust me, we are not cut for it. I had this argument with many who planned to live in similar countries like Russia, 1-2 years later they returned and regretted it. Every one of them. Swiss cheese could be good but I prefer Aussie fetta :)
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, we're going to have to agree to disagree on that one or, to have a rather long and involved discussion ranging from ties to a land, individual feelings on being in a different place. the 'feel' of architecture surrounding one, flavours of the food and the sounds and so on. :) I believe that the overwhelming thing that I could state with all honesty is that in my time in this country I have always felt to be an outsider - even though I was born here. :) The point that you make about homesickness is therefore, for me, not applicable. This is in part because for me home is where my family is - that is central, not the land. I am more than happy to talk further about this either here publicly or via pm. Good to have the issue raised though! Thanks!:)
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, no probs. Lifestyle, food,music, culture is not an issue. Never was. My second wife could not live in Australia because of the above stated reasons. I could not live in her home country not because food was bad, or culture, or etc. Family is priority but sometimes life is more important :) It again, depends on the circumstance, family, and many other things. I understand and agree with you. It's just not for me :)
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, btw, to be completely honest, deep in Siberia away from the civilisation, near Baikal I could live, alone. :)
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, pm sent for both :)
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, I would not know where to look for PMs
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, I usually receive emails forwarded from Sputnik. Then when I wish to reply I click the link to the profile of the person I'm sending to, click send message and respond that way. Let me know if there is a delay in receiving the message. :)
  • relakks7
    What a joke! Just like the Swedish military..
    We cant even defend ourself against unarmed people just walking cross our boarder.
  • Mitach2002
    I can't say a war in Sweden would hurt my feelings. Many of the elite hide there.
  • mats-gunnar
    It is not the swedish average people, there are the successors of the Khasarians, who destroy swedish culture, traitors like Lerner-Spectre (Padeia), the politicians, the media controlled by the Wallenberg and Bonnier slaves. The average swede does not like gender,
    homosex, lesbian, trance. The educated swede feels he is attracted to the vedic culture and
    Russia.
  • ivanwa88
    michael and vendor 14 posts to each other in a row! take it off line girls. you MAY or may not realise you are trivialising a deadly serious situation and stopping the flow of real discussion.
    This unfortunately isn't the first time ive noticed you both involved in demeaning a serious discussion! what's going on surely you could both exchange a temp online address.
  • Randall Lee Hilburn
    It looks like the ZioAmerican Empire has bought another European government. Truly the Swedish government was for sale and Washington has paid the price. Political whores!
  • Celestial
    Being a leader in the times of today benefit today over yesterday.
    With Genocide illegal not unlike the many historical accounts past.
    Men, Woman.. can be trained to *resist* trained to know Commando tactics.

    Attrition warfare/Resistance = natural defeat without Genocide!
    Fielding forces against *over-the-horizon* weapons/munitions is *crazy!*

    Just saying train the people! No one will ever date invade/take your country..
    For they will be forced to take out *everyone!*...
    Entente! bring peace.
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