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Sweden Sends Troops to Baltic Island as Russian Navy Steps up Presence | DW News

Jan 22, 2022 • Russia's threatening stance against Ukraine is sparking concerns that Moscow may also be willing to use force elsewhere.

Sweden has sent troops to its Baltic Sea island of Gotland, following an increase in Russian naval activity in nearby waters. The island is strategically located off the coast of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad - some analysts have likened it to an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Sweden is not a member of NATO and therefore not covered by the Alliance's defense clause. DW correspondent Teri Schulz spoke with Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.