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Sweden doesn’t want US missiles on its territory

Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hulqvist, in an article published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, announced Stockholm’s intention to continue to adhere to military neutrality and not join the North Atlantic Alliance, despite the demands of center-right parties.

“I do not think that the solution to all defense issues in our part of Europe is solved only by membership in NATO,” the Swedish defense minister said.

Earlier in March, the Swedish research agency published data that assesses the military power of the North Atlantic Alliance and its partners. According to their data, compared to Russia, NATO members are poorly prepared for the emergence of a major conflict. Russia will be able to enter the Baltic states in a matter of days, as NATO will be too slow to respond. Russia will have an advantage, because the bloc’s forces are too dispersed, differ in their military capabilities, and their joint training is insufficient.

However, the report said that an armed attack on NATO members, partners, or EU countries by Russia is highly unlikely. However, a serious strategic threat from the West could exacerbate the situation in the region. In other words, Sweden believes that the growing military presence of the United States and NATO at the borders of Russia provokes Moscow to retaliate.

Thus, the US decision to deploy missile defense facilities in Poland and Romania was followed by a response in the form of the transfer of the Iskander missile defense system to the Kaliningrad region. In Sweden, this is well understood, and they do not want to have Russian missiles at their side. However, security in the Scandinavian region does not depend only on Sweden. According to the Swedish defense minister, the possible accession of Sweden to the alliance “will change the situation” for the non-aligned neighboring Finland, a key partner of Stockholm in defense issues. “And Finland has a very long border with Russia.”

Recall that Finland also adheres to the neutral status enshrined in the country’s military doctrine, and Sweden’s accession to NATO will certainly launch a similar process in the neighboring country, which has a long border with Russia.

The involvement of the two Scandinavian countries in NATO will be beneficial only to Washington. At the moment, Sweden and Finland have quite close economic ties and good neighborly relations. In the case of joining the alliance, it will not be limited to military exercises. For example, in same Norway, strategic bombers are already deployed, there is one missile defense facility and another is under construction. The Norwegian Navy is part of the global missile defense system and is equipped with the American Aegis system.

Instead of moving closer to NATO, Stockholm will take the path of modernizing and increasing the capabilities of its own armed forces.

There was a shooting in Paris: a man was killed

There was a shooting in Paris. As a result, one person was killed and another was injured.

This was reported by the BFM TV channel, citing a police source.

It is reported that the deceased is a man, the injured is a woman, a security officer of the hospital. She is in a serious condition. The shooter fled the scene.

According to eyewitnesses, about six shots were fired.

The incident reportedly occurred at the Henri Dunant private hospital in the 16th arrondissement in the west of Paris. The hospital belongs to the French branch of the International Red Cross.

The reasons and circumstances of the incident are still unknown.

Britain sends Special Forces to Northern Ireland

The British authorities have moved special forces soldiers to Northern Ireland to fight riots, the Mirror newspaper reported, citing informed sources.

According to media reports, at least eight fighters have been sent undercover to the site and will work with the MI5 Security Service, which is in charge of suppressing the unrest.

The riots and clashes between nationalists and supporters of the British government in Northern Ireland lasted more than a week, and they began in areas that support the government.

The discontent of the loyalists was caused by the refusal of the prosecutor’s office to reject claims against the organizers of the magnificent funeral of one of the veterans of the Irish Republican Army, Bobby Storey, which was held in 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Subsequently, Irish nationalists advocating the unification of the British region with an independent Ireland also took to the streets.

In Myanmar, 83 people were killed in clashes during the day

In Myanmar, 83 people were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces during the day. This is reported by the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners in the country.

“As of April 10, 701 people have been confirmed dead at the hands of the military junta,” the report said.

A day earlier, human rights activists reported 618 dead. 3,102 people are under arrest, 63 have already been sentenced to prison, and 656 arrest warrants have also been issued.

On April 5, 568 deaths were reported.

Earlier, the UN warned about the danger of civil war in Myanmar.

On February 1, the Myanmar military conducted a coup. They explained the removal of the country’s leadership by large-scale fraud in the elections held in November. The police accused the ousted leadership of violating the laws. Myanmar has declared a state of emergency for a year.

The French army has begun testing the Spot robot in combat exercises

The French army used the four-legged Spot robot from Boston Dynamics in a military exercise. The robot was used for reconnaissance during two days of training.

Photos of the exercise were posted on Twitter by France’s leading military school, Ecole Speciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr. Their goal was called “raising students’ awareness of the challenges of tomorrow, “including” battlefield robotics.”

A report in the French newspaper Ouest-France says that Spot was one of many robots that were tested by students of the French Ecole Militaire Interarmes in order to assess the suitability of robotics in the battles of the future.

Boston Dynamics vice president of business development, Michael Perry, told The Verge that the robot was supplied by the European distributor Shark Robotics, and the manufacturer was not notified in advance of the purpose of its use.

During the exercise, the soldiers performed a number of scenarios, including offensive actions with the capture of the intersection, defensive actions day and night, as well as actions in the city. Each scenario was implemented using only humans at first and then using soldiers and robots together.

Sources cited by the French publication claim that the use of Spot slowed down the speed of operations, but helped to strengthen the security of the troops. “In the city battle stage, when we weren’t using robots, I died. But I did not die when we first asked the robot to conduct reconnaissance, “ said a soldier participating in the exercise.

According to the military, one of the problems was the battery life of the Spot was draining the battery.

In addition to the Spot, the French military also tested other vehicles, including the OPTIO-X20 of Estonian firm Milrem Robotics, a remote-controlled vehicle with tank tracks and an automatic cannon; the ULTRO of the French state military firm Nexter, a wheeled “robot mule” designed to transport equipment; and the Barakuda, a multi-purpose wheeled drone with attached armor plating that can provide mobile cover for soldiers.

Boston Dynamics developed robots for the US Army, but as it moved into the commercial market, the company distanced itself from military contracts. The Spot is currently being tested by a number of US police forces, including the NYPD, where it was recently involved in a special operation with hostages, but Boston Dynamics has always stressed that its machines will never be used for military purposes or to harm people.

Such a provision is contained in the Spot terms of use, which prohibit its use “to harm or intimidate any person or animal, as a weapon, or to activate any weapon.” However, technically, a robot that helps in exploration does not violate this rule.

So far, Boston Dynamics is “still evaluating” whether to ban military customers from using unarmed robots. “We think that to the extent that the military uses robotics to keep people out of harm’s way, it’s perfectly acceptable,” Perry says.

Meanwhile, in April, the US army will join the ranks of the MUTT wheeled transport robot carriers from General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS). These systems are designed for carrying things, as well as for surveillance, target detection, and reconnaissance.