Representatives of the Swedish Armed Forces on Friday issued a statement about the “foreign submarine activity” in the region of the Stockholm archipelago. Defense Minister Peter Hultkvist said he was in constant contact with the troops, who are studying in connection with declared threatened marine space near the capital, and who informed him of the need for such an operation, according to The Local .
Defense Minister of Sweden noted that full confidence in his military experts.
Operations team captain Jonas Wikström said at a press conference that the intelligence operation to investigate the circumstances of a foreign invasion is attended by about 200 soldiers.
“We have already started a reconnaissance operation. It involved ships, helicopters, as well as several Army units,” – he said. “And we take that very seriously.” Wikström said that military intervention was not, but declined to comment on who may be responsible for this activity and whether it is a submarine, transmits radio “Freedom” .
Notifying Reuters, recalls how in 1981 in Sweden stranded Soviet submarine U137, which turned deep inside Swedish territorial waters, which caused a scandal and strengthened suspicions about the extent and reasons for such intrusions. September 19 Sweden announced that two Russian warplanes violated its airspace and called the invasion a “serious violation”.
Recall, in June of this year the Russian korvet- “invisible” “savvy”, took part in exercises in the Baltic Sea, drew attention to the British military, closer to the coast of Denmark. Before that month, two RAF fighter were alerted by the fact that seven Russian combat aircraft approached too close to the air space of the Baltic region. And in May, the RAF attempted to intercept another Russian corvette “Guarding” helicopter Ka-27 on board.