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Sweden raises military alert level due to Ukraine crisis

Published on Aug 30, 2014 2:32 AM

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) - Sweden put its top military staff on higher alert on Friday as a result of the situation in Ukraine, the armed forces said.

It is already participating in international manoeuvres in Finland, which borders Russia, and has moved its quick-response fighter jets to the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, off Sweden's south-east coast.

"Given the serious nature of the development in Ukraine, the Swedish military is responding by among other things a higher alert status for the General Staff at headquarters and intensified intelligence gathering," Forsvarsmakten, Sweden's military authority, said in a statement.

A spokesman for the military declined to give any more details of what Sweden was doing to prepare for any eventual spillover in the region from the conflict.

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