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Russian exercise near Sweden was surprisingly large

Norway Today
03/10/2013
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A total of 70,000 soldiers took part in a Russian military exercise in Sweden's neighboring areas last week.
A total of 70,000 soldiers took part in a Russian military exercise in Sweden's neighboring areas last week. It was more than three times as many as Russia had  informed about in advance.
In the Baltic states, one is anxious and watching military exercises that exercises the path towards the Baltic States and Poland, writes the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet Thursday.
According to the newspaper, the Swedish navy ships and fighters of a JAS Gripen were busy following exercise in the Baltic Sea while it lasted. It was Russia and Belarus which conducted the exercise Zapad 2013 (West 2013) jointly.
Svenska Dagbladet writes that Russia had previously announced to Nato that 22,500  troops would participate in the exercise. But the true figure was over three times, according to the newspaper.
- The size of the training business is very surprising and differs sharply from the information 
 Russian gave in advance . Russia has done strange things. To hide the extent of Zapad were simultaneously conducted a number of other exercises that actually was coordinated with Zapad, said a source with knowledge of the military exercise to the newspaper.
The first estimates show that about 50,000 military was inserted. In addition, Russia mobilized some 20,000 paramilitaries, Russian Interior Forces so that the total number reached at least 70,000, according to Svenska Dagbladet sources.
 
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