Sweden expands army presence in Baltic Sea | EUROtoday

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Sweden has deserted two centuries of army non-alignment because it just lately grew to become the latest member of NATO. The nation’s army has been boosting its preparedness since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea by reintroducing restricted conscription in 2017 and reopening a garrison on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland in 2018. Sweden has additionally massively elevated defence spending after slashing it throughout the post-Cold War interval. FRANCE 24’s Clovis Casali studies.