Mysterious Drones Over Sweden's Protected Sites Post-NATO Membership

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.09 - 2024 6:00 PM CET

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Mysterious Drones Over Sweden's Protected Sites Post-NATO Membership.

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Drones of unidentified origin have been sighted over crucial facilities in Sweden, sparking concern. These drones were observed hovering over a nuclear power plant and an airport, prompting an immediate police investigation into the incidents.

Accoding to Swedish television, Magnus Christiansson, a lecturer at the Swedish Defense University in Stockholm, suggests these occurrences may be linked to Sweden's recent NATO membership and doesn't dismiss the possibility of similar incidents happening in the future.

Between Friday evening and Saturday morning, drones were seen in various locations across Skåne, a city in Sweden. Reports from local media indicate that the police have been alerted about these sightings. The unmanned aerial vehicles made appearances over the Barsebäck nuclear power plant and Malmö airport, both of which are designated as protected areas.

Sweden: Mysterious Drones Over Protected Facilities

According to media reports, the police have confirmed their collaboration with the military on two occasions, once at night and once in the morning, although they have withheld specifics of these operations. It's understood that observations took place along the coastal areas of Skåne.

The authorities are currently investigating if a foreign country could be behind these actions, with Russia being the primary suspect.

"Now we will first analyze it and then draw conclusions," said local police spokeswoman Sara Andersson, mentioning that they have photographic evidence but refrained from providing further details. "Violations of the Safety Act and the Aviation Act would be reported," she added.

Expert: Could Be Linked to NATO Membership

Magnus Christiansson, reflecting on the incident, pointed out that it might be connected to Sweden's NATO affiliation.

"There is a threat related to international politics," he stated. "Perhaps this is the cheapest and easiest way to create fear and attract attention after gaining NATO membership," he proposed, also noting that "there is an ongoing conflict in which Russia is using various means."

The Swedish government officially decided to join NATO last Thursday afternoon, completing the final step needed for the country to become the 32nd member of the North Atlantic Alliance. This move has now led to heightened vigilance concerning Sweden's national security and its protected sites.

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