Monday, January 19, 2009

von Sydow: "Sweden must arm against Russia"

From BarentsObserver:

“I believe it is time for the Swedish Armed Forces to adjust to a situation with higher level of threats”, former Swedish Minister of Defence Bj√∂rn von Sydow writes in a newspaper comment. He believes Russia constitutes a growing threat to all of its neighbouring countries.

In his comment in newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the former defence minister gives a remarkably clear picture of his perception of today’s Russia.

“It is around today’s and tomorrow’s Russia that the question about a threat picture must be discussed”, Mr. von Sydow writes. The distinguished former politician in the comment gives a strong signal to current legislators that it is time for the Swedish Armed Forces for step up investments in domestic defence.

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