NATO: Russia simulated a nuclear attack on Sweden


Russia simulated a nuclear attack on a NATO member country during military exercises. This was stated in the report of the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Jens Stoltenberg, published on the website of the Alliance.

The document was published on January 28, but only now media noticed Stoltenberg’s statement about the Russian exercises.

“As a part of the overall expansion of weaponry, maneuvers and exercises of the Russian military have reached heights that nobody saw since the Cold War. During the last three years, Russia had at least 18 large-scale exercises, some of which involved more than 100 thousand soldiers. These exercises include simulation of nuclear attacks on NATO ( “West”), and partners (the Swedish attack simulation in March 2013),” – says the document.

Stoltenberg guessed that the maneuvers could serve as a cover for the movement of troops, including the annexation of Crimea.

Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hulkvist in his conversation with Dagens Nyheter noted that he has no reason to disagree with Stoltenberg’s conclusions.

In April 2013 a Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet cited sources in the armed forces that two Tu-22M3 bombers (capable of carrying nuclear weapons) flew over an uninhabited Swedish island Gotska Sanden under the cover of 4 fighters, and pretended to attack Stockholm.

According to the publication, the Swedish air force did not react that time, and NATO aircrafts were sent to the exercise area. Later, Stockholm confirmed the exercises, said BBC.



Image: Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (under CC BY-ND 2.0)