World Bulletin / News Desk
Swedish spy planes conducted flights over Russia Wednesday as part of an international agreement to observe military capabilities. The 1992 Treaty on Open Skies allows 34 signatory countries -- including Denmark -- the ability to make periodical reconnaissance flights over each other’s airspace.
“This is part of keeping an eye on countries around our borders,” said Col. Carol Paraniak of the Swedish Armed Forces, according to a report from the Local Sweden, an English website based in Stockholm. “Russia is always of interest to Sweden and is always going to be. The security political situation this particular year has changed a lot compared to last year. Tensions have increased dramatically."
Sweden's part in the mission comes during a period of strained relations with Moscow. A number of Russian jets have been observed infiltrating the Scandinavian country's sovereign airspace over the last 18 months, and Stockholm has condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict.
According to a report, Sweden’s security agency Säpo named Russia its greatest threat after the country learned from a classified report last year that the Kremlin had rehearsed and simulated a huge military takeover of Gotland Island, which is a strategically positioned Swedish Island in the Baltic Sea. That followed an incident in September 2014, when two fighter jets entered Sweden’s sovereign airspace and caused chaos for commercial air traffic.Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ağustos 2015, 10:30