Earlier this month, two Russian fighter jets entered Swedish airspace, ‘with the intent of scaring Stockholm,’ according to the Swedish government. This came after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned military action if Sweden and Finland joined NATO.
After taking off from Kaliningrad in Russia and flying over Sweden, four planes were shot down.
On March 2, the jets flew over the island of Gotland, infringing on the country’s air space.
Sukhoi 24 assault jets, two of which are now believed to have carried nuclear weapons, were among the aircraft involved in the incident.
New information has emerged about the nuclear weapons carried by two Russian aircraft that breached Swedish airspace earlier this month.
According to Swedish news channel TV4 Nyheterna, the flyover over the island of Gotland on March 2 was a premeditated move intended to scare Sweden.
It had been a total of four planes that took off from the Russian air base in Kaliningrad.
A total of two Sukhoi 24 attack planes, escorted by two Sukhoi 27 fighter airplanes, were involved in the raid on the Russian capital.
According to sources at TV4 Nyheter, it was the two attack planes that were armed with nuclear bombs during the incident.
After violating Swedish airspace east of Gotland, above the sea, on March 2, 2022, two Russian SU 27 and two SU 24 aircraft are pictured. Several nuclear weapons have now been implicated in the attacks.
Swedish territory was violated for approximately one minute during this incident.
Using two JAS 39 Gripen fighters, the country’s air force was able to photograph the invaders.
After that, according to reports in Swedish news media, the Russian jets’ nuclear weapons capability was officially confirmed.
This is a signal to Sweden that we have nuclear weapons and that we would contemplate using them, according to military strategist Stefan Ring, who spoke with TV4 Nyheter.
The action is regarded as deliberate by us. “This is really dangerous, particularly given the fact that [Russia] is a belligerent state,” said Air Force Chief Carl-Johan Edström.
The possibility of mistaken navigation cannot be ruled out, but all evidence points to it being a purposeful act.’ The claim was made that they had crossed into Swedish territory.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened military action against Sweden and neighboring Finland if they did not join NATO, the incident occurred just a few days after that warning was made.
A series of cooperative military drills between the two countries had been taking place at the time.
According to Mr Edstrom, a Swedish businessman, ‘in view of the current scenario, we are extremely concerned about this occurrence.’
In the words of the Russian government, “This is unethical and irresponsible action.”
In accordance with the statement, Swedish fighter jets were dispatched and photographed the Russian fighters.
Following the conclusion of the Cold War, Sweden drastically reduced its military expenditures and expenditures. After Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014, the Ukrainian parliament finally agreed to a change of course.
Earlier this year, Sweden reinstated mandatory military duty and reopened its garrison on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland, which had been closed since 2013.
A total of 27 billion Swedish kronor ($2.8 billion) or 2.5 billion euros would be added to the defense budget from 2021 to 2025, the government said in October. The increase represents a 40 percent increase in defense spending.
Even though Sweden is not a member of NATO, the two countries maintain close ties.
Although the issue over NATO membership has been re-ignited in recent weeks, the same can be said about Finland, which is just across the border.
Sweden’s support for joining NATO is at an all-time high of 41 percent, according to a poll conducted by public broadcaster SVT in April.