Sweden has mobilized it’s civil defense as they prepare for a possible war with Russia! This comes after repeated Russian aggression in the region.
The Scandinavian country’s Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), that works under the Defense Ministry told all municipal authorities that they need to be prepared for the worst case scenario.
This issue dates back from the Cold War era “Total Defense Strategy”, that came as a response last year to the “worsening international situation” and “increased uncertainty in the immediate area”.
The letter stated that this demand was initiated on “operational speed, decision-making, information sharing, crisis communication, flexibility, robustness and handling secret information”, as said from the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).
The “totalförsvarsplaneringen” Total Defense Strategy was first released in December 2015.
The MSB, that is in charge of civil protection, public safety, emergency management, and civil defense wants to make clear that this does not actually entail war.
Magnus Dyberg-Ek, of the MSB, said for the SvD that this letter was necessary to send due to the war threats.
“What is new is that the security situation in our region has deteriorated and that therefore we must prepare ourselves in terms of war and of conflict,” he said.
“We have sent out the letter in part because local authorities want clear instructions so that they know how to act in a crisis situation.”
He added: “This strategy is not new – we used it during the Cold War and will now strengthen coordination regarding civil defense.”
Svante Werger said for the newspaper: “There is nothing to indicate that war is likely, but we have the government’s mandate to plan for it”.
Last year these measures were first proposed by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, since Russia represents a threat to Sweden on a large scale.
“Russian aggression and the destabilisation of Ukraine pose the most serious challenge to the European security order since the end of the Cold War,” he told the Swedish parliament.
“Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea is a violation of international law. Borders must not be changed by force. Our support to Ukraine, both political and economic, will continue. A modern total defence is being developed to respond to the challenges presented by the changing security policy situation.”
In 2015, Swedish authorities in 2015 gave another 6.2 billion Kronor (£533 million) to increase defense services between 2016 and 2020, as a result of the concerns.
Sweden blamed Russia for being responsible about all the hacking in the state especially in the military documents.
In September, the Swedish government stated that the military services are there to help the country’s army.
The study conducted at the time claimed that 4000 new soldiers would be recruited in 2018.
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