AFP: Sweden deployed armored fighting vehicles in Gotland 'because of Russian activity'
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Sweden has increased combat readiness on the island of Gotland due to “Russian activities in the region,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports, citing the Swedish military.
It is noted that on the Baltic island of Gotland, Sweden has deployed armored combat vehicles and the military to patrol the streets. Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist stressed that Sweden has strengthened its position to protect against the threat posed by Russia.
“The armed forces are taking the necessary measures to protect the integrity of Sweden and to demonstrate our ability to protect Sweden and Swedish interests,” Hultqvist said.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia is currently the main opponent of NATO. This is due to her desire to “firmly consistently defend her own interests.” According to him, the US and NATO refuse to meet Russia halfway on security guarantees.