30 Aug '14, 8pm

Sweden military HQ raises readiness level over Ukraine

Sweden military HQ raises readiness level over Ukraine

STOCKHOLM — The Swedish military said Saturday it had increased intelligence gathering and called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine, as the prime minister compared Russia's current behavior with the Cold War. "We have raised the level of readiness at headquarters in particular areas, for example in intelligence gathering," armed forces spokesman Niklas Englund told AFP. Sweden's military has also decided to move two Gripen fighter jets to the island of Gotland east of the Swedish mainland where they will be in a better position to react quickly to the situation in the Baltic. Englund said that beyond these measures, there had been no decision to raise the overall alert level for the Swedish armed forces. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said late Friday Sweden did not face any imminent threat, but he said Russia's behavior had become more assert...

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