Soldiers from a Gotland regiment patrol Visby harbour, amid increased tensions between Nato and Russia over Ukraine, on Jan 13, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -Sweden’s military said on Thursday it was ramping up its visible activities on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland amid increased tensions between NATO and Russia and a recent deployment of Russian landing craft in the Baltic.
Moscow has spooked the West by massing troops near Ukraine, sparking fears that it is considering invading.
Moscow denies any such plans, saying it can deploy forces on its territory however it chooses.
Gotland, Sweden’s biggest island, is strategically important and lies around 330 kilometres (205 miles) from Kaliningrad, the headquarters of Russia’s Baltic Fleet.
In 2019 Sweden deployed an updated ground-to-air missile defence system on the island.
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Sweden Beefs Up Troops On The Critical Island Of Gotland