Sweden Provides No Proof Of Russian Sub Yet Starts To Increase Military Spending Anyway

Posted: November 14, 2014 in War Is The New Economy

SOURCE: http://www.worldbulletin.net/world/148421/sweden-confirms-foreign-submarine-activity-in-october

SOURCE: http://www.worldbulletin.net/haber/146864/sweden-faces-military-build-up-call-after-submarine-claims

SOURCE: http://sputniknews.com/world/20141021/194357140/Swedish-Forces-Admit-Failure-Issuing-False-Information-on-Alleged-Foreign-Submarine-Location.html

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Sweden confirms foreign submarine activity in October
14 November 2014

Swedish armed forces have proof that a foreign submarine violated the country’s territory, says top military officer.

World Bulletin/News Desk

Swedish military officials say they have confirmed that a foreign submarine was illegally operating in Swedish territorial waters in the archipelago of Sweden’s capital Stockholm in October.

Sweden’s top military officer Sverker Göransson said on Friday the Swedish armed forces had proof that a small submarine violated Swedish territory.

Göransson said: ”Sweden has been exposed to a gross and intolerable violation by a foreign power.”

”I would not say so if I was not completely confident in the conclusions.”

His comments referred to reported speculation which began in late October that a “Russian submarine” could be beneath Swedish territorial waters.

Military spending call

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who also attended Friday’s press conference, said intrusion in Swedish waters was ”unacceptable’’.

Löfven said: ”Let me put this clearly to those responsible: this is completely unacceptable.

”We will strengthen our abilities to discover and identify those who are looking for illicit affairs in our waters, in Swedish territory.”

Stefan Löfven has raised the prospect of taxpayers increasing military spending, which currently accounts for one percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, a modest ratio of national income compared to its European neighbors.

Hundreds of military and naval staff were involved in a $2.75m week-long search for an underwater vessel after Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported a damaged or missing Russian submarine could have sent “encrypted signals” to Russia from a location in the area.

‘Language of power’

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov later accused the Swedish government of hyping-up tensions in the Baltic Sea region.

He said: “Such unfounded actions of the Swedish Defense Department, fuelled by the Cold War-style rhetoric, are only leading today to escalation of tension in the region.

Critics have warned that a military build-up would not improve security in Sweden.

“If we respond with military means, then we will further shift the language of power in that direction, which would be incredibly unfortunate, both for our own safety and security in the Baltic Sea area,” Anna Ek Chairman of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) told the Swedish public broadcaster SVT on October 21.

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Sweden faces military build-up call after submarine claims
23 October 2014

Media reports of a suspected Russian submarine in Swedish waters could pressure the country to spend more on its military, expert says

World Bulletin/News Desk

While Swedish citizens enjoy a high standard of living and efficient national social welfare systems, they could face demands to increase spending on the military following widespread media coverage of allegations a Russian submarine may be in waters off the Stockholm archipelago, an expert says.

Many critics have questioned the veracity and timing of speculation a Russian submarine could be hiding in Swedish territorial waters at a time of heightened global military tensions under the US-led “war on terror”, and also point out it is common knowledge that most developed nations operate fleets of military submarines around the world.

But, in the wake of the allegations, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has raised the prospect of taxpayers increasing military spending, which currently accounts for one percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, a modest ratio of national income compared to its European neighbors.

Löfven said during a visit to the Estonian capital of Tallinn on Tuesday: “We agree on a broad basis between many parties in Sweden in the Swedish parliament that we need to increase our capacity, meaning that we need to put more resources into defense.”

According to the Swedish government, the 2014 budget for defense expenditure is 9 billion kronor ($1.24 billion).

In contrast, neighbor Norway has an annual military budget of $6.8 billion, according to the Norwegian government, and Finland $3.5 billion for 2014, according to the European Defense Agency.

‘No security’

Sweden, which is not a member of the NATO military alliance of 28 states across Europe and North America, has traditionally been neutral in its foreign policy and recently announced it would become the first EU member country to recognize the state of Palestine.

Although it is a partner of NATO and has collaborated with the alliance in, for example, Afghanistan, the Scandinavian country does not have full membership because its policy of remaining neutral in any potential war.

However, Ulf Bjereld, Professor in political science at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg, told Anadolu Agency that Swedish opinion could shift to a more NATO-friendly position if people came to believe the mysterious submarine allegedly floating in Swedish territorial waters was a proven act of Russian aggression.

”Developments in the event could lead to increased defense expenses and a build-up of the defense forces,” Bjereld said.

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS), Scandinavia’s largest peace organization, has warned that a military build-up would not improve security in Sweden.

Anna Ek, Chairman of SPAS, told the Swedish public broadcaster SVT on Tuesday: “If we respond with military means, then we will further shift the language of power in that direction, which would be incredibly unfortunate, both for our own safety and security in the Baltic Sea area.”

Allegations denied

The Russian merchant ship, NS Concord, was reported to have been spotted floating in international waters right outside Stockholm on Wednesday last week, and a Swedish signal intelligence official was reported to have detected an encrypted conversation in Russian the following day.

Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported that a damaged or missing Russian submarine could be in the archipelago after the encrypted signals were allegedly sent to Russia from its location.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom described the reports as “speculations” while the Russian Defense Ministry denied the allegations and said none of its military vessels were damaged.

Wallstrom said ahead of a EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on Monday: ”We have no confirmation of anything, so now I leave it to the armed forces to follow up.”

Russian jets violated Swedish and Finnish airspace in late August and September, which prompted the Swedish government to request a report from the armed forces.

A Soviet navy submarine ran aground in the coast of south Sweden in 1981 while a Swedish naval exercise was taking place.

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Swedish Forces Admit Failure, Issuing False Information on Alleged Foreign Submarine Location
21.10.2014
 

The Swedish Armed Forces admitted Monday evening that they have failed to maintain transparency and issued false information about the whereabouts of the alleged foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago.

STOCKHOLM, October 21 (RIA Novosti) – The Swedish Armed Forces admitted Monday evening that they have failed to maintain transparency and issued false information about the whereabouts of the alleged foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago.

“The Armed Forces are conducting an intelligence operation in the Stockholm archipelago. . . We are supposed to do this with maximum transparency while preserving operational secrecy. This is how a credible, correct authority should and must act to preserve public confidence. It must be said that the Armed Forces in a sense have failed at this,” Sweden’s Armed Forces said in a statement.

On Sunday, Sweden’s Armed Forces released a photograph of an object, suspected to be a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago and a map, allegedly showing where the photo was taken. The area of the sighting was reported to be Jungfrufjärden, a fjard near the settlement of Dalarö south of Stockholm.

However, an investigation carried out by Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT showed that no locations in the area matched the photograph. After being confronted by the SVT’s journalists, Swedish forces admitted issuing false information to avoid “helping foreign powers”.

“In retrospect, I should have been clearer during the press conference that I was showing a map with the approximate positions because I did not wish to reveal any exact positions with regard to the operation,” deputy operational director Anders Grenstad said late Monday.

Swedish forces first launched a major operation off the coast of Stockholm on Friday after receiving information, reportedly from a civilian, about the presence of an unknown underwater object in the region, suspected to be a foreign submarine.

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