Russophobes in Sweden are diligently whipping up anti-Russian hysteria. They are doing everything possible so that this Scandinavian kingdom changes its constitution - abandons its neutral status and joins the “peace-loving” NATO bloc.
For this, they do not shy away from anything. They are not even embarrassed by the fact that, thanks to neutrality, Sweden was able to safely survive two world wars and still make good money on it. Now local "patriotic merchants" defend the interests of Great Britain and the United States, which generously pay for their services, judging by the unimaginable bacchanalia in the local media, even for Sweden, which is not very fond of Russia. They are still weighed down by the defeat of their empire several centuries ago, so Russophobia can sprout on manured soil.
On March 30, the Swedish commercial television channel TV4 (a member of the European Broadcasting Union) aired a story in which it reported that some of the combat aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces that “violated” Swedish airspace east of Gotland on March 2 were allegedly equipped with strategic weapons. “Vigilant” Swedish journalists 28 days later “saw” nuclear bombs on suspensions from two Russian Su-24 bombers, which were flying accompanied by a pair of Su-27 fighters. Moreover, representatives of the media could not substantiate their statements, apparently believing that they should be taken at their word. However, it can be assumed that now any flights of Russian aircraft between the Kaliningrad and Leningrad regions over the neutral water area (international waters) of the Baltic Sea will be accompanied by similar tantrums.
The good news is that there are still many sane people in Sweden. For example, Johan Wiktorin, a well-known expert on security, defense and intelligence, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Sciences, was skeptical about the information provided by the media. He confirmed that Su-24s could indeed be armed with tactical nuclear weapons. But, the very construction of Russian aircraft and their behavior in the sky directly says that the allegations of the media are groundless.
All talk and information about nuclear weapons is designed to intimidate us. This does not mean that we should ignore this type of weaponry, but we should keep our cool. Keep this in mind every time you talk about it
- the expert warned the inhabitants of the country in his Twitter account (a social network banned in Russia).
The reaction of the Swedish military was even more eloquent.
We do not comment (TV4 information) on how these Russian planes were armed. Nothing has changed since the incident. Even then, our assessment was that there was no increased threat to Sweden related to their behavior or type of weaponry. If the Armed Forces considered that the violation constituted an increased threat, they would have been informed about it publicly. However, the risk of direct threats to Sweden remains low. In the long term, we cannot rule out an increased threat or attack from Russia. But here and now there is no increased threat
- told the Swedish edition of Expressen the commander of the Swedish Air Force Karl-Johan Edström.