The Daily Mail reports that two Russian military jets, Sukhoi 24s, that violated Sweden’s airspace on March 2, 2022 were armed with nuclear warheads.
The Swedish air force quickly intercepted and photographed the Russian jets and escorted them out of Sweden within a minute of the intrusion over the Swedish island of Gotland.
The photos revealed the nuclear weapons on the jets.
The Daily Mail explains:
‘This is a signal to Sweden that we have nuclear weapons and we could also consider using them,’ military strategic expert Stefan Ring told TV4 Nyheter.
‘We assess it as a conscious action. Which is very serious especially as [Russia] is a warring country,’ added Air Force Chief Carl-Johan Edström.
‘I can not rule out incorrect navigation, but everything indicates that it was a deliberate act. That they violated Sweden’s borders.’
The incident came days after Russian President Vladimir Putin had threatened military action against Sweden and neighboring Finland should either join NATO.
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