Monday, March 6, 2017

Sweden announces military conscription amid frosty Russian relations

Sweden's defence minister announced the reintroduction of military conscription next year due to difficulties filling the ranks on a voluntary basis, citing increased security concerns.

Image from article, with caption [Sweden's Prime Minister] Stefan Löfven; Swedish navy vessel

In January the Swedish Institute of International Affairs accused Russia of using fake news, false documents and disinformation as part of a coordinated campaign to influence public opinion and decision-making.
They maintain that Sweden had been the target of “a wide array of active measures” aimed at “hampering its ability to generate public support in pursuing its policies” but admitted it was impossible for researchers to establish the source.

“We are able to establish intent, dominant narratives, behavioural patterns and strategic goals, where the close correlation between Russian public diplomacy and active measures suggest the operation of a coordinated campaign,” it said.
And Moscow’s main aim was to “preserve the geo-strategic status quo” by minimising NATO’s role in the Baltic region and keeping Sweden out of the international military alliance, the study concluded. ...

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