The Finnish newspaper Iltalehti writes that the navies of Finland and Sweden are “in operational readiness” to jointly defend Finland’s administrative unit, the autonomous Åland Islands and Swedish Gotland.
Troops and ships are now on the move, because according to the plan – at the turn of April and May – the Aurora 23 maneuvers are taking place, “Iltalehti quotes the Finnish Navy’s statement. It clarified that interpreting the actions of the armed forces using the terminology of the extraordinary regulations about the state of readiness” is “wrong”. Our security environment is constantly monitored, and “our readiness is flexibly regulated”, the Finnish Navy announced, denying the weekend reports of “Iltalehti” about going into “high alert” due to the risk of a sabotage attack from pages Russia for Finnish-Swedish energy infrastructure.
Earlier, the newspaper quoted Rear Admiral Ewa Skoog Haslum, commander of the Swedish Navy, who pointed out that Russian ships had been seen near wind farms in the Baltic Sea and where submarine power cables run.
In this context, “Iltalehti” reported that the naval forces Sweden and Finland “raised their readiness” in connection with a possible attack on energy installations.
Sweden: our fleet is patrolling the situation at sea
The Swedish Navy commented on press reports in a similar tone as the Finnish Navy. – Our fleet patrols the situation at sea all year round and around the clock; We do not comment on our intelligence, but nothing has changed recently as reported in the media,” said Jimmy Adamson, spokesman for the Swedish Navy.
Aurora 23 exercises
About 26,000 soldiers from over 15 countries, including Poland, take part in the Aurora 23 exercises. This is the largest maneuver led by the Swedish Armed Forces in more than three decades. Among the foreign troops, the most numerous are the forces FinlandUSA and Great Britain.
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