Disinfo: Russia didn’t hold nuclear war exercise against Sweden


Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, scared the world with “information” that Russia held an exercise where troops trained for nuclear war with Sweden in 2013.



The Russians actually did train attacks against Sweden: two heavy Tu-22M3 bombers with four jet fighter escorts were simulating attacks against Stockholm. The incident caused controversy in Sweden at the time because the Swedish military was caught unprepared and had to rely on Danish airforce jets, operating as part of a NATO’s Baltic air policing mission, to respond and follow the Russian aircraft.


  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Estonian
  • Country: Sweden
  • Keywords: Military exercise


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