Sweden seems to be particularly obsessed with the threat of “Russia’s possible aggression.”
Just recently, activists from the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) have resorted to 'gay propaganda' to fend off alleged Russian submarines which, they are convinced, are lurking in Swedish waters.
They hope to rely on an animated neon sign of a dancing sailor in his underwear which sends out Morse code messages to passing visitors; curious sailors are regaled with the message: "Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944. This way if you're gay." Sweden hopes this queer way of saying hello will scare off Russian submarines.
However, now the country is contemplating its phantom menace all over again: what if Russia comes by air?
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has reassured the nation: Swedish defense forces have a plan of action in the event of “possible Russian aggression”.
“The defense always has a plan of action and presumptive measures in the event of Russian provocations in the sky. It depends on the situation. These are the maneuvers and we assume that our defense is ready and have a plan of action in the event of possible Russian aggression,” the politician is quoted by Radio Sweden P6 as saying.
Sweden, Norway and Finland are taking part in one of Europe's largest fighter jet drills, which is aimed at exercising and training units in the orchestration and conduct of complex air operations alongside their NATO partners.
“These exercises illustrate that Sweden is participating in many events and has a certain flexibility, which is good. We need to build up our military might and such cooperation improves our preparedness,” said Stefan Löfven.