Foreign conflict with Russia
US warns of Russian false flag action – Sweden lets tanks patrol
Status: 01/14/2022 | Reading time: 3 minutes NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg on developments in the Ukraine conflict In view of the Ukraine conflict, representatives of the 30 NATO countries and Russia have met for the first time in more than two years. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explains here whether the states were able to agree and what next steps NATO is now planning. This is where you will find content from Podigee. In order to interact with or display content from Podigee and other social networks, we need your consent. Enable social media Is Russia preparing to invade Ukraine? According to media reports, US security circles are warning of a deception maneuver by Moscow. Moscow denies. Sweden responds to “Russian activities” in the Baltic Sea with a military patrol. The US government believes that Russian actors are preparing a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine to justify subsequent Russian intervention. The news agencies AFP, Bloomberg and the broadcaster CNN report independently, citing anonymous sources within the government. Accordingly, there are indications that units would be trained for possible acts of sabotage against forces loyal to Russia. “We have information indicating that Russia has already deployed a group of agents to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine,” a US official said Friday. The Russian agents are “trained in urban warfare and the use of explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces. Moscow immediately dismissed this information as “unfounded”.
“We saw this tactic back in 2014”
Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said at a briefing with reporters on Thursday that the intelligence community had leads that Russia could fabricate a pretext for an invasion. “We saw this tactic back in 2014.” Also read After a massive cyberattack on the government of Ukraine, NATO has meanwhile promised Kiev increased cooperation in the field of Internet security. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Friday, the alliance wants to react to the attack on important Ukrainian government websites. The EU and the federal government also announced support. According to initial data, Kiev blamed Russia. Also read “In the coming days, NATO and Ukraine will sign an agreement on enhanced cyber cooperation, which also provides for Ukrainian access to the NATO platform for the exchange of malware information,” Stoltenberg said. The alliance has been working closely with Ukraine for years to strengthen the country’s cyber defenses.
Sweden responds with military patrol
Meanwhile, in the face of increased “Russian activities” in the Baltic Sea, Sweden has sent several armored vehicles onto the streets of the island of Gotland and had soldiers patrolling them. Around ten armored fighting vehicles and dozens of soldiers were on Friday in the small port town of Visby, the military said. A few days earlier, three ships of the Russian Navy entered the Baltic Sea through the straits of the Great Belt in Denmark. “The armed forces are taking the necessary measures to protect Sweden’s integrity and demonstrate our ability to protect Sweden and Swedish interests,” Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told AFP. The increased patrols on Gotland are a sign that Sweden is taking the situation seriously and “will not be taken by surprise,” Hultqvist told the TT news agency. The military said Thursday evening that the units would be deployed “to reinforce operations in multiple locations” as “Russian activities in the Baltic Sea increase.” Read also The head of operations of the Swedish armed forces, Michael Claesson, however, denied that it was a deliberate Swedish “show of force”. He told AFP the units were part of the force already stationed on the island. It is a “natural way to adjust the military presence”. Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it works closely with the alliance. Russia recently warned the country of “serious consequences” if it joins the alliance. Since Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014, Stockholm has ramped up its defenses again. In 2017, it reintroduced conscription. In view of a massive Russian troop deployment on the border with Ukraine, the West fears that Moscow could attack the neighboring country. Russia is demanding that NATO renounce the admission of countries such as Ukraine and Georgia and the withdrawal of armed forces from eastern alliance states. You can listen to our WELT podcasts here. We use the player from the provider Podigee for our WELT podcasts. In order for you to be able to see the podcast player and to interact with or display content from Podigee and other social networks, we need your consent. Activate social networks
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