On Wednesday, the Swedish Armed Forces said four Russian warplanes briefly entered Swedish territory via the Baltic Sea, prompting swift condemnation from the Swedish defense minister.
Two Russian SU27 fighter jets and two SU24 fighter jets entered Swedish airspace east of the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, the Swedish Armed Forces said in a statement. further learned that Swedish JAS 39 Gripen jets were sent to document the breach.
“Russia’s violation of Swedish airspace is of course completely unacceptable,” Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told the TT news agency. “It will lead to a tough diplomatic response from Sweden. Sweden’s sovereignty and territory must always be respected.”
The Swedish Armed Forces said the situation was under control and the incident showed very good preparedness.
“Given the current situation, we take this event very seriously,” it said on its website,
Sweden on Sunday said it would send military aid, including 5,000 anti-tank weapons, to Ukraine, the first time since 1939 Sweden has sent weapons to a country at war.