Sweden Responds to  Russian Exercises by Sending Jets to Baltic Base

Gripen JetsThe Swedish Armed Forces sent extra air defence to the island of Gotland on Tuesday in response to a large-scale Russian training exercise being carried out in the Baltic Sea.

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“Due to the increased air operations in the area, and especially as a result of the Russian training exercise going on, we’ve decided to base parts of our regular incident response team on Gotland,” Göran Mårtensson at the Armed Forces (Försvarsmaktens) said in a statement.

“By doing this we’re increasing our capacity to monitor the skies, which is completely normal during major training exercises. . . .”

Armed Forces’ spokesman Philip Simon said that the threat level posed by Russia against Sweden remained unchanged. While he stayed tight-lipped about what kind of military might was sent to Gotland, Simon said that there was “a number of Gripen jets.”  (via @EitvydasB)

Image: Gripen Jets (photo: Stefan Kalm/Saab)