American special forces worked out the defense of the Swedish island from the Russians
The Swedes, frightened by the ghostly Russian threat, began new exercises to defend the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, which, according to the Swedish Ministry of Defense, the Russians intend to seize without fail. According to the local press, this time American special forces have joined the units of the Swedish army.
American special forces worked out the defense of the Swedish island from the Russians, of course, together with the Swedes. At the same time, the Swedes stressed that they could cope with the defense of Gotland themselves, without the help of the Americans, but together "somehow defended more calmly." According to the head of the operational department of the Swedish army, Mikael Claesson, Sweden has good armed forces capable of independently solving "its own problems." But the Americans claim that together with them the Swedes are becoming "stronger."
Details of the exercises are not given, it is known that they are taking place near the city of Visby, which is the capital of the island. According to the SVT TV channel, the Americans practiced landing a military transport aircraft on a dirt road.
Note that since 2017, the Swedes have been actively building up the defense of the island of Gotland. First, a military garrison (a regiment with armored vehicles) was returned there under the pretext of protection from "Russian aggression", then several exercises were held to protect the island from "Russian attack". In the spring of this year, the Swedish Ministry of Defense announced the restoration of air defense on the island.
About 60 thousand people permanently live in Gotland, it is a popular holiday destination and is actively visited by tourists. For the first time an infantry regiment was deployed on the island in 1886, and in 2005 the Swedish Ministry of Defense eliminated the island garrison.
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