Across Norway, the Civil Defense sirens just sounded the "Important Announcement - Seek information" signal, at 1200 local time. This is normal routine testing, conducted twice annually, in January and June
8 month ago
A Finnish readiness unit deployed into a snap drill this morning. Scheduled exercise
Denmark has offered to send four F-16 fighter jets and a frigate to NATO's operations in the Baltic region and northern Europe in response to Russia's troop build-up at Ukraine's border
The head of the Defense Intelligence Service of Denmark for six years, Lars Findsen, has been arrested in a serious case of leakage of "highly classified information".
Disruption at one of two undersea cables to Svalbard: The disruption is located somewhere between 130 to 230 kilometers southwest of Longyearbyen in the area where the seabed goes from 300 meters down to 2700 meters in the Greenland Sea
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde today and discussed shared concerns on Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders.
Blinken in his presser notes that Russia's claims that NATO is threatening Russia is false. NATO "exists to protect, not to attack," he says. "NATO never promised not to admit new members. there was no promise that NATO wouldn't expand"
Jens Stoltenberg: Spoke with President @niinisto about the security situation in Europe and Russia's build-up in & around Ukraine. We call on Russia to de-escalate. We continue to coordinate with our close partner Finland. NATO respects the right of every country to choose its own path
Finnish president: "And let it be stated once again: Finland's room to manoeuvre and freedom of choice also include the possibility of military alignment and of applying for NATO membership, should we ourselves so decide. NATO's business is the so-called Open Door policy"
Leader of Finland's biggest opposition party says "NATO membership would improve Finland's security and bring predictability to our region". Green Parliament Group leader (in gov't) says "NATO membership of Finland & Sweden would clarify Europe's security arrangements and build stability"
9 month ago
One of the most northerly towns on Planet Earth (Qaanaaq, Greenland) at latitude 77.3N rose to a staggering +8.3°C today. The sun set in late October and will not rise here until 13 February 2022. Today marks the Winter Solstice
9 month ago
Kola, Barents, and White Sea NOTAM/PRIP update. The large Barents area has been extended to the 23rd - 27/28th. The PRIP closes large parts of the Barents and White Seas. Relate this to upcoming NORFLT activity. NOTAM for Pechenga-area also indicates 200th and 61st activity
Finland: Attic of Meira coffee roastery is burning in Helsinki's Vallila district. Building has been evacuated, no reports of injuries. Lots of smoke in area
A man was shot to death in Malmö - the police are now chasing one or more perpetrators
The Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament today meets in Stockholm at ministerial level, co-chaired by Swedish FM @AnnLinde and German FM @ABaerbock. We must push nuclear-weapon states to take steps towards disarmament
Biden and Niinistö have talked tonight. Shared concerns about Russia's destabilizing military buildup along Ukraine's border and the importance of transatlantic efforts to de-escalate the situation
2 cargo vessels collided in Baltic Sea, one capsized
Finland to buy Lockheed F-35s, Finnish government confirms
Cargo ship fire off Gothenburg: Timber cargo is still burning. Captain has refused to evacuate, Nato vessel has participated in rescue effort
Five arrested men preparing "far right terror attack," say Finnish police
Dmytro Kuleba: Important news from Brussels. The EU Council has decided to provide 31 million euros to Ukraine to strengthen its defense capabilities under the newly established European Peace Facility. We highly appreciate this step, which once again proved the strategic nature of Ukraine-EU relations
10 month ago
FM of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba:Pleased to meet with @JosepBorrellF in Stockholm. We discussed the need to deter Russia and speed up work on specific economic restrictions which will be able to hit the Russian economy should Moscow decide to launch a new stage of aggression against Ukraine
US and Russian foreign ministers to hold talks on Ukraine: US
10 month ago
Sweden's Prime Minister-elect Andersson resigns hours after appointed
10 month ago
The current NOTAM-map of Kola. First areas at sea go active on Monday. New NOTAM in the Luostari area indicates upcoming activity from the 200th MRB and 61st Naval Inf Bde
Two independent, blackouts in south central Stockholm yesterday and western Stockholm today. Many thousands of households affected. It is unclear why the security systems shut down the power and why two independent stations shut down in two days
Canadian warship HMCS Fredericton, flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, caught fire off the coast of Norway this morning. The fire has now been extinguished
The Russian frigate "Admiral Gorshkov" launched a hypersonic missile "Zircon" at a sea target in the White Sea - Russian Defense Ministry
A police officer has been taken to hospital after being beaten during an operation in Vårby in Stockholm, the police write on their website. Several people have been arrested
10 month ago
B-52 bombers recently flew missions taking off from home station to strike simulated targets in the North Sea region. @RAFMildenhall tankers provided key air refueling enabling global mobility.