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NATO key ally: Swedish media on the role of "neutral" Sweden in the event of a war with Russia

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As you know, Sweden has long been a neutral state and formally retains a non-aligned status. But this circumstance does not prevent Sweden from conducting very tough anti-Russian propaganda. In terms of the level of Russophobic sentiments artificially whipped up in the press, Sweden can only be compared with Poland or the Baltic countries. For example, the Swedish media are actively broadcasting the myth of the Russian threat.


Russia's advantages over NATO in the Baltics and Northern Europe


Niklas Wend of Aftonbladet, like many other Swedish propagandists, is also very worried about the danger of a Russian invasion. In his article, he compares the military potential of Russia and NATO in the Baltic region and comes to the conclusion that so far Russia still has certain advantages, although they are decreasing every year.

At the same time, Wend refers the reader to a report by the RAND think tank five years ago, which tells about the results of a simulated war with Russia in the Baltics. According to the report, in a few days the Russian army will defeat the armed forces of the three "Baltic sisters", and small NATO military contingents in the Baltic States will be unable to oppose Russian aggression.

Despite the colossal difference in the size of the military budgets of the United States and Russia, Russia has an obvious advantage in terms of the operational transfer of troops to Northern Europe. So, within a week, the RF Armed Forces will be able to send to the region from 51 to 68 mechanized battalions, and NATO - from 29 to 43 battalions, that is, one and a half times less.

Other advantages of Russia Wend include stronger artillery, larger formations of troops, as well as the proximity of the Russian borders, which will allow to quickly transfer additional forces, equipment, weapons and ammunition. NATO's logistics are lame, and this has been said many times not only by Swedish publicists, but also by more respectable figures like American or British generals and admirals.


What will change Sweden's participation in the war


The only hope of the West in the event of a confrontation with Russia in the Baltics remains the military aviation, although the Russian Federation can oppose it with a powerful air defense system. It is to use NATO aircraft that Sweden can help. Wend notes that Sweden is not a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, but actively cooperates with it. And this is true: in fact, Sweden's non-aligned status raises many questions, given that the country regularly participates in joint military exercises with NATO.

According to the author of the publication Aftonbladet, the behavior of Sweden, as well as of neighboring neutral Finland, in the event of an armed conflict with Russia, may become the key factor that will turn the tide in Northern Europe. So, from the territory of Sweden and Finland, NATO aircraft will be able to attack Russian troops and objects much more often than if Swedish and Finnish airfields are not used.

Although Wend himself does not write about this, it is quite possible to continue his thought and assume that Sweden will also be able to provide its ports for use by the NATO Navy. In addition, in the event of a conflict, the Swedish army, navy and aviation will also join the forces of the North Atlantic Alliance with almost one hundred percent guarantee, otherwise there would be no need for joint military exercises with NATO.

In general, Sweden's neutral status should not mislead anyone: the country's position is hostile, as evidenced by many anti-Russian publications in the media. That is, "neutral" Sweden is much more negatively disposed towards Russia than, for example, such NATO members as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece or even Turkey. In fact, Sweden is a key NATO ally in Northern Europe.
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  1. NF68
    NF68 29 March 2021 17: 29
    +9
    At the same time, the Swedes should also understand that numerous objects on their territory have long been potential targets for Russian missiles. It is unlikely that this circumstance will be of any real benefit to their country. Rather, the opposite is true.
    1. figwam
      figwam 29 March 2021 17: 33
      +11
      In case of war, many hyenas will run to divide Russia, and this is not the first time.
      1. NF68
        NF68 29 March 2021 17: 38
        +9
        Quote: figvam
        In case of war, many hyenas will run to divide Russia, and this is not the first time.


        And once again, they will get it between the eyes and the teeth, and once again after that, "suddenly" they will instantly become smarter, at least until the next opportunity.
        1. dSK
          dSK 30 March 2021 08: 37
          +4
          By the level of Russophobic sentiments, artificially injected in the press
          - who pays for this music, NATO's "parent" lacks "cannon fodder"?
          France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece
          - are not eager to "subscribe" to this ...
          1. Vladimir Mashkov
            Vladimir Mashkov 30 March 2021 16: 10
            +7
            The Swedes, Danes and other Balts "love" Russia so much and will be so worried about the seizure that they need it. necessarily return "love" to them on occasion and set them free. lol
      2. Muddy Seeing ORACLE
        Muddy Seeing ORACLE April 3 2021 01: 02
        +1
        Quote: figvam
        In case of war, many hyenas will run to divide Russia, and this is not the first time.

        In the event of a war with Russia, there will be no hyenas left ...
    2. Andrey Grad
      Andrey Grad 31 March 2021 17: 46
      0
      If the knowledge is not in NAT, then no one will fit in for them, if we carry out a complete demallization of their territories and create a safe zone in the Baltic.
  2. Bolt cutter
    Bolt cutter 29 March 2021 17: 35
    +3
    Said-oglu in a carrot-colored overalls - an aircraft technician?
    1. Max otto
      Max otto 30 March 2021 22: 59
      +2
      Who gave the welder a rougeau? wassat
      1. Bolt cutter
        Bolt cutter 30 March 2021 23: 00
        +2
        Who gave the welder a rougeau?
        And a work visa? belay
    2. Gregory Charnota
      Gregory Charnota 31 March 2021 15: 04
      +1
      and on the right a Vietnamese woman)) the Swedes are not the same!
  3. knn54
    knn54 29 March 2021 17: 42
    +16
    During the war between the USSR and Finland, "neutral" Sweden sent 10000 volunteers to the last corps. It gave loans and weapons.
    Before the start of the Second World War, the Swedes allowed the transit of the German division from Norway to Finland.
    During the Second World War, about 1000 volunteers fought as part of the German and Finnish troops.
    Swedish bearings SCF, iron ore from which more than a third of German weapons were produced.
    The game of "neutrality" continues.
    1. svp67
      svp67 29 March 2021 18: 31
      +12
      By the way, it would not hurt the Swedes to DEMAND "pay and repent" for violating the status of a neutral Power during WWII ...
      Items of the Convention on the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in the Event of War on Land (1907) violated by Sweden:
      Article 2
      The belligerents are prohibited from bringing troops or convoys with military or food supplies through the territory of a neutral Power.
      (In 1941, Sweden allowed the transit of its 163rd infantry division in its entirety to Finland.
      Vacationers from Norway and Finland also traveled to Germany and back via Sweden.
      )
      Article 3
      Equally, belligerents are prohibited:
      a) to establish on the territory of a neutral Power station of a wireless telegraph or any kind of device intended to serve as a means of communication with the belligerents both at sea and on land,
      b) use any structure of this kind, installed by them before the war on the territory of a neutral Power for the purpose of exclusively military and not open for the needs of general use.
      Article 4
      On the territory of a neutral Power, in favor of the belligerents, military detachments and recruitment institutions cannot be opened.
      Article 5
      A neutral Power shall not tolerate on its territory any of the actions provided for in Articles 2-4.
      It is obliged to punish actions contrary to neutrality, only if these actions are committed on its own territory.
      Article 11
      A neutral State that has accepted into its territory troops belonging to the belligerent armies is obliged to place them as far as possible from the theater of war.
      It can keep them in camps and even imprison them in fortresses or places adapted for this purpose. It depends on him to decide whether the officers can be left at liberty, on a word of honor not to leave neutral territory without permission.
  4. Petr Vladimirovich
    Petr Vladimirovich 29 March 2021 17: 53
    0
    Yes, everything is as usual ...
  5. sergo1914
    sergo1914 29 March 2021 19: 17
    +9
    The dude in orange clearly knows something new about disguise. Or he was so stuck. And around the orange forest.
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 29 March 2021 19: 31
      +1
      Quote: sergo1914
      The dude in orange clearly knows something new about disguise. Or he was so stuck. And around the orange forest.

      it seems that the uniform of this color is related to the Swedish military
    2. Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell 29 March 2021 20: 57
      +7
      Quote: sergo1914
      The dude in orange clearly knows something new about disguise ...

      He is just a rescuer / firefighter at the airfield, this is their work commander. By the way, very functional
      1. sergo1914
        sergo1914 29 March 2021 21: 08
        +1
        Quote: Pete Mitchell
        Quote: sergo1914
        The dude in orange clearly knows something new about disguise ...

        He is just a rescuer / firefighter at the airfield, this is their work commander. By the way, very functional


        A trunk for him to extinguish fires?
        1. Pete mitchell
          Pete mitchell 29 March 2021 22: 36
          +3
          Quote: sergo1914
          A trunk for him to extinguish fires?
          Well, if we take into account that he is a lifeguard at a military airfield, then everything, in principle, is logical
  6. Alexander Kopychev
    Alexander Kopychev 29 March 2021 19: 21
    +1
    It is to use NATO aircraft that Sweden can help.


    Sweden will also be able to provide its ports for use by the NATO Navy. In addition, the Swedish army, navy and aviation will also join the forces of the North Atlantic Alliance in the event of a conflict with almost one hundred percent guarantee.

    Neutral Sweden with a XNUMX% guarantee is eager to get its mother Kuzka? I understand correctly?
  7. Paragraph Epitafievich Y.
    Paragraph Epitafievich Y. 29 March 2021 19: 50
    +11
    In short, it was like this ...
  8. TOR2
    TOR2 29 March 2021 20: 32
    +1
    Although Wend himself does not write about this, it is quite possible to continue his thought and assume that Sweden will also be able to provide its ports for use by the NATO Navy.
    But in financial circles they promise that Sweden will be the first country to refuse cash. Maybe Vend will tell you how long it will take to level the processing centers, and what is the instant paralysis of the entire economy.
  9. serg v zapase
    serg v zapase 30 March 2021 04: 34
    +3
    There is a military-industrial complex in the country, it must be loaded with work and money, and they count on this when they recognize someone as an enemy or simply use it as a scarecrow. It's nothing personal, it's business.
  10. Tektor
    Tektor 30 March 2021 15: 01
    +2
    You need to keep the Swedish incontinence plan in mind. and you need to have in reserve a detachment of forces and means to destroy the Swedish infrastructure.
  11. Alexy
    Alexy 30 March 2021 19: 54
    +1
    No, well, the clowns in the photo are still those warriors)
  12. sheet
    sheet 30 March 2021 23: 24
    +2
    For example, the Swedish media are actively broadcasting the myth of the Russian threat.

    How else to push Sweden into NATO? Only the Russian threat, China is far away, otherwise it would have been dragged in so that the pushing would be able to argue faster. There are no more threats in the district, only rescuers. Every year there is a debate in the Riksdag on joining NATO.
    Although Wend himself does not write about this, it is quite possible to continue his thought and assume that Sweden will also be able to provide its ports for use by the NATO Navy.

    There is absolutely no doubt that the NATO naval forces are already visiting both for a visit and for joint exercises. In October, by the way, there will be regular exercises.
  13. vickul
    vickul 31 March 2021 10: 22
    +2
    Sweden is not a de facto neutral country.
  14. boris epstein
    boris epstein 31 March 2021 16: 09
    +1
    "Russia has an obvious advantage in terms of the operational transfer of troops to Northern Europe. So, within a week the RF Armed Forces will be able to send 51 to 68 mechanized battalions to the region," Russia CAN ONLY COULD, but how many NATO battalions are ALREADY in Northern Europe?
    And yes, for some time Sweden did not find Russian submarines near its shores.
  15. Alecsandr
    Alecsandr April 2 2021 17: 52
    +1
    Russia has repeatedly stated that they will strike not only at the troops, but also at the decision-making centers. Maybe even with tactical missiles. It is beneficial for Sweden to adhere to neutrality. Or again, Poltava was drawn.
  16. Graduate student
    Graduate student April 4 2021 23: 39
    +5
    NATO key ally: Swedish media on the role of "neutral" Sweden in the event of a war with Russia

    Is Sweden a key NATO ally? wassat But what about the Baltics and Ukraine, they are not already key allies belay
  17. Graduate student
    Graduate student April 4 2021 23: 41
    +4
    Swedish media are actively broadcasting the myth of the Russian threat

    Prepare public opinion on Sweden's NATO membership yes
  18. alekswolf63
    alekswolf63 April 5 2021 00: 51
    0
    Electronic government of the country and banks is a vulnerable heel. Disconnect and all logistics will collapse.