Militarization Of Scandinavian Peninsula: Time To Ring Alarm Bells

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Alex Gorka via The Stratgeic Culture Foundation,

Much has been said about NATO reinforcements in the Baltic States and Poland perceived in Moscow as provocative actions undermining security in Europe, while very little has been said about gradual but steady militarization of Scandinavia. The theme does not hit headlines and it is not in focus of public discourse but one step is taken after another to turn the region into a springboard for staging offensive actions against Russia.

Ørland in southern Norway is being expanded to become Norway’s main air force base hosting US-made F-35 Lightnings – the stealth aircraft to become the backbone of Norwegian air power. Norway has purchased 56 of such aircraft. F-35 is an offensive, not defensive, weapon. The nuclear capable platforms can strike deep into Russia’s territory.

Providing training to Norwegian pilots operating the planes carrying nuclear weapons, such as B61-12 glider warheads, constitutes a violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of 1968. Article I of the NPT prohibits the transfer of nuclear weapons from NWS (nuclear weapons states) to other states: «Each nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices». Article II requires NNWS (non-nuclear weapons states) not to receive nuclear weapons: «Each non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to receive the transfer from any transfer or whatsoever of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or of control over such weapons or explosive devices». How can Russia be sure that these aircraft don’t carry nuclear weapons when there is no agreement of any kind in place to verify compliance with the NPT?

Ørland is located near Værnes - the base that hosts 330 US Marines. In May, the base hosted the biennial NATO military exercise «Arctic Challenge Exercise 2017» to involve over 100 planes from 12 nations. It was the first time a US strategic bomber (B-52H) took part in the training event.

The choice of the base was carefully calculated to keep the planes away from the reach of Russian Iskander missiles (500 kilometres) but no location in Norway is beyond the operational range of Kalibr ship-based sea-to-shore missiles and aircraft armed with long-range air-to-surface missiles.

In June, Norway’s government announced that the decision was taken to extend the rotational US Marine Corps force stationed at Værnes through 2018. The move contradicts the tried-and-true Norwegian policy of not deploying foreign military bases in the country in times of peace.

Also in June, the United States, United Kingdom and Norway agreed in principle to create a trilateral coalition built around the P-8 maritime aircraft to include joint operations in the North Atlantic near the Russian Northern Fleet bases.

Norway is to contribute into NATO ballistic missile defense (BMD) system by integrating its Globus II/III radar in the Vardøya Island located near the Russian border just a few kilometers from the home base of strategic submarines and 5 Aegis-equipped Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates. The radar construction is underway. The Vardøya radar can distinguish real warheads from dummies. Another radar located in Svalbard (the Arctic) can also be used by US military for missile defense purposes.

The country’s ground forces are stationed in Lithuania as part of a NATO multinational force under German command.

Sweden, a close NATO ally, has been upgrading its military with a sharp hike in spending. Last December, the Swedish government told municipal authorities to prepare civil defense infrastructure and procedures for a possible war. The move was prompted by the country’s return to the Cold War-era ‘Total Defense Strategy’. In September, 2016, 150 troops were put on permanent service on the island of Gotland to «defend it from Russia». Sweden maintained a permanent military garrison on Gotland for hundreds of years until 2005.The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has ordered a review of 350 civilian bunkers on the island. The shelters are designed to protect people against the shock wave and radiation from a nuclear detonation, as well as chemical and biological weapons.

In March, Stockholm announced plans to reintroduce compulsory military service abandoned in 2010. The conscription will come into force on January 1, 2018.

Sweden said in June it wishes to join a British-led «Joint Expeditionary Force», making Swedish participation in a general European war all but inevitable.

This month, the Swedish military announced plans to conduct its largest joint military exercise with NATO in 20 years. Called Aurora 17, the training event is scheduled for September. The drills will take place across the entire country but focusing on the Mälardalen Valley, the areas around cities of Stockholm and Gothenberg and on the strategic island of Gotland. More than 19,000 Swedish troops will take part along with 1,435 soldiers from the US, 270 from Finland, 120 from France and between 40-60 each from Denmark, Norway, Lithuania and Estonia.

In June, Russian President Putin warned «If Sweden joins NATO this will affect our relations in a negative way because we will consider that the infrastructure of the military bloc now approaches us from the Swedish side».

In June, 2016, Finland took part in NATO BALTOPS naval exercise. It was the first time NATO forces trained on Finnish territory (The coastal area at Syndale). Back then, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Finnish counterpart, Timo Soini, that the Kremlin would take unspecified measures to respond to increased NATO activity in the Baltic region. According to Lavrov, «We do not hide our negative attitude to the movement of NATO's military infrastructure towards our borders, to dragging new states into the military activity of the bloc».

All these facts and events summed together demonstrate that militarization of Scandinavia is progressing by leaps and bounds to undermine the security in Europe. No hue and cry is raised in the Russian media but the developments are closely watched by Moscow. Visiting Finland on July 27, President Putin said Russia was «keeping an eye on certain intensification in the movement of military aircraft, ships and troops. In order for us to avoid negative consequences, situations that no one wants, we need to maintain dialogue». He also stressed readiness for dialogue with neutral countries that border the Baltic Sea like Finland which is not part of the NATO military alliance.

The facts listed above show the situation is grave enough to top the agenda of the NATO-Russia Council. But it’s not the case as yet. Last year, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current President of Germany who was Foreign Minister at the time, slammed NATO for «saber-rattling and war cries» and provocative military activities in the proximity of Russia’s borders. He called for an arms control deal between the West and Russia. Fifteen other members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) joined Steinmeier's initiative: France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Portugal.

Actually, the initiative to relaunch the negotiation process does not belong to Germany. Russia’s proposal to discuss a new European security treaty was rejected by the West. The draft document was published in 2009. In March 2015, Russia expressed its readiness for negotiations concerning a new agreement regarding the control of conventional weapons in Europe.

Moscow has never rejected the idea of launching talks to address the problem. It does not reject it now. The NATO-Russia Council could make a contribution into launching discussions on the matter. It has not done so as yet. Actually, nothing is done to ease the tensions in Europe and the Scandinavian Peninsula in particular. Meanwhile, the situation is aggravating misunderstandings and whipping up tensions.

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Yars Revenge's picture

The world is being brought to the edge of a nuclear apocalypse and for what, exactly?

Manthong's picture

 

..to make defense contractors, lobbyists and politicians filthy rich, of course.

Why else would you kill millions and risk total nuclear war?

Veritas X-'s picture

"...to make defense contractors, lobbyists and politicians filthy rich, of course.

Why else would you kill millions and risk total nuclear war?".

Well, to answer your Why , the answer is *Fear Works*.

I'd say the new-breed of Scandinavian Politicians are the one's in fear.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, ex-PM of Norway, just like his Nato predecessor Anders Fogh Rasmussen, ex-PM of Denmark are.....compromised.

More than likely thru their.....sexual predilections.

2 Scandinavians Sell-Outs to the NWO.

That's the problem since Wm. Casey's/ Pappa Bush's cia assassinated Swedish PM Olof Palme in 1986.

The old-school Swedes are dying of old age now, but they'd never would have gone as far as the present NWO-Sellouts.

It's a damn shame there is no english translation of Hans Blixt's book *Natoutredningen: Sverige Nato Och Säkerheten* where some of the greatest non-aligned diplomats & experts as

Hans Blix, Rolf Ekéus, Sven Hirdman, Stina Oscarson, Pierre Schori, Linda Åkerström och Lars Ingelstam tell the truth about 'nato-expansion'.

It's a f_cking excellent piece of work.

Jävligt Tråkigt att Ni ej får läsa. = Goddamn Shame You don't get to read.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Natoutredningen%3A+Sverige+Nato+Och+S%C3%A4ker...

Time to proceed with exposing #Pedogate.

X-

Troy Ounce's picture

 

I appeal to the army generals to fight a nuclear war on neutral territory. So..what about Sweden?

Serfdom is well integrated, no radiation law suits afterwards (just inform them that a nuclear war is good for refugees); lots of space to fight and.... nobody will miss them.

What does an army general want more? Hands down the best country to fight a nuclear war!

HowdyDoody's picture

The last time there were the current number of tanks amassed in Europe against Russia's border was WW II. Plus there are nuke-capable first strike 'missile defense' systems in Poland and Romania. Plus NATO regularly makes military flights towards Russia's borders with transponders off. Plus the US has created dodgy Bioloigcal Warfare labs in Ukraine, Kygyzistan, etc. Plus the US military is seeking Caucasian Russian DNA. ... I guess the US military could be doing all this stuff just to pad budgets, but if I were Russian I would be taking all this very seriously and preparing appropriately.

 

Nexus789's picture

They are. Been preparing for a long time as have the Chinese. Does the average American know where their nearest fallout shelter is? Doubt it. I guess it's back to duck and cover. 

Nexus789's picture

Where are they going to spend and flout their wealth when the earth is a icy radioactive ash ball?

N0TME's picture

... so more of (((them))) can go underground and leave us hanging, I mean burning.

khnum's picture

um with over 1000,000 muslim refugees in the last year or so, most men of military age and most European cities run by lunatics like Merkel and the French twit who thinks he's a God and the streets looking like something out of Bladerunner or Star wars all I can say is 'what security?'

Jubal Early's picture

This war drum beating in Scandanavia is cleary also designed to prevent the populace from being aware that they have been rendered defenseless to the invasion of goat humpers.  Sure, the deep state wants a war with Russia, but the also want Scandanavia to become as black and as ignorant as Somalia.

Koba the Dread's picture

You could have made your otherwise fine comment without using the term "goat humpers".  Referring to enemies using sexually perverse or scatological slanders, demeans us and our beliefs more than it harms those we demean. Rise above it. Speak truth, not vitriol.

Cardinal Fang's picture

WTF?

Wtf did I just read?

MDB, is that you?

just the tip's picture

what part of FIGHT CLUB, do you not fucking understand?

Fireman's picture

Deadbeat USSA and the anglozionazi filth that own it will blow up the planet if they think it will save their sorry asses. The good news of course is that the coming war will not be fought in Europe only. Russia and China's nukes are more than enough to turn USSA into glass, to paraphrase the stinking undead zombie hag, Hildabeast.

 

Time is running out for decent USSANS to drain the swamp.

Doom and Dust's picture

Very little has been said, but I'll say this:

Americans fuck off.

NATO die already.

Leave Europe to itself.

Koba the Dread's picture

Very much has been said, but not in your comment. Do you have a plan for how to get the Americans to "fuck off" or for how to kill NATO?

Doom and Dust's picture

Yes. The plan is to make the Americans pay and pay again for 'collective defense' (their bullshit term), then have them retreat in anger when the EU refuses to contribute.

NATO will be killed by US isolationism, necessitated by imperial overstretch.

No country is going to invade Europe. NATO is a self-perpetuating protection racket. Any invasion of EU countries would trigger nuclear war (the French still have quite some nuclear capabilities).

But the EU will nevertheless create its own army, condemning the warmongering US exceptionalists and indispensibles to the irrelevance they have been deserving for so long.

 

WallHoo's picture

The EU can piss off.I would like(more) to have forward thinking and free minded americans as my allies than pieces of shits zombies "europeans" such as germans and french.

 

For us service in the army is tradition,you can man your "european army" with your european faggots.

 

Americans are practical at least...Europeans are plain retards...

 

 

Doom and Dust's picture

Forward thinking and free minded Americans would never join the armed forces you fuckwit.

Compared to the Europeans, Americans' experience of real warfare ranges somewhere between an infant and a toddler, with most of it received during the cvili war a full century and a half ago.

You've just exposed yourself as a retard calling others retards. You're a true Dunning-Kruger poster child.

WallHoo's picture

Im talking about the general population dumbass...Its not only the army.An alliance is multipollar.

 

Serving in the army is a citizens duty,you are talking about merceneries,if i had to choose the best to ally myself,again go USA...

 

No warfare experience?What????

 

You can be as  much "european" as you want,i dont want your kind in my european(geograficly) country.It would be better if you idiots remaind in youre idiotic countries and never have put us in this missery...We dont want no EU or EU army.

 

Pro EU idiots such as you are responsible for all the misery in our world...

Manthong's picture

Well you know, if we knock off Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, we can finish off the EU in short order.

It’s not until Madrid, Paris and Rome look like Congo or South Sudan that we (and Soros) can consider the operation a success.

And then, and then we can bomb the flying F out of the whole southern continent...

I can just smell the steaming piles of money now. 

But for the good news on the home front.. Baltimore and the near west/south sides of Chicago can get the Mosul treatment pretty soon.

 

farmboy's picture

We should stop at once the russia versus europe theme sponsored by the divide and rule US policies.

BritBob's picture

Russians can't be trusted.

Russia tells Britain give back Gibraltar & Falklands before telling US what to do.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

Do the Spanish have a claim to the Rock? Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law: https://www.academia.edu/10575180/Gibraltar_-_Some_Relevant_Internationa...

Perhaps not.

Funny thing to say when Argentina has never legally owned the Falklands. So how can they 'be returned' ?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:

 

Manthong's picture

 

Falkland.. near desolate rocks with a few Brits on it in the middle of F’ng nowhere.

Yes, Argentina has no claim but they were pricks and it cost them a perfectly good boat.

Maggie needed to lift the skirt and flash her balls.  

Crimea, on the other hand was never Ukraine (until crazy Khrushchev) and has been Russian since 1789

Teja's picture

Crimea, on the other hand was never Ukraine (until crazy Khrushchev) and has been Russian since 1789

... and has been a Turkish vasall before 1789, roundabout. Erdogan, your turn!

Eyes Opened's picture

"Maggie needed to lift the skirt and flash her balls."

Fuck... u just had to be that person... didn't u.... my eyes are CLOSED again...lol

As for BritBot... he can FOAD.....

Blanco Diablo's picture

While Buccaneer Bob buggars himself and dreams of Piracy, Plunder and looting of foreign lands.....

London has fallen, England is lost to Islam...

The British government seems determined to appease Muslims and enable jihad terror and Sharia supremacism at all costs:

Muslim rape gang members get over $1,300,000 legal aid to fight deportation.

 Shabir Ahmed, 64 – the ringleader of the Rochdale child sex gang – Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Abdul Rauf all received hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal aid at their original trial.

Members of an Muzzi grooming gang are being given legal aid to fight deportation – after it emerged they have already received more than a £1million to unsuccessfully defend criminal charges.

    There was outrage last night as it was revealed the paedophiles – who preyed on girls as young as 13 – are getting more taxpayers’ money to battle moves to strip them of their British passports and send them back to Pakistan.

Jubal Early's picture

Britain should have to pay reparations to Europe for causing the goat humper invasion.  With compounded interest.  They can start by seizing all British vacation houses in continental Europe.

BritBob's picture
Russia/Ukraine – Crimea (If it ever went to court Russia would lose).

As successor states to the Soviet Union, both Ukraine and Russia are signatories to the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). Adopted in Helsinki in 1975, the document sought to promote détente during an era of Cold War geopolitical tensions in Europe.

For relevant facts (1 page)

Gibraltar – Helsinki Accord 1975 https://www.academia.edu/32824301/Gibraltar_-Helsinki_Accord_1975 (1 page)

In the same respect, Spain's claim to Gibraltar has also been signed away.

 

Blanco Diablo's picture

While Buccaneer Bob buggars himself and dreams of Piracy, Slavery and looting of foreign lands.....

London has fallen, England is lost to Islam...

An act of piracy. Steal a piece of the Rock (Gibraltar) , British obtained ‘a monopoly of the slave trade to Spanish-America.

 During the Spanish succession war the UK supported the side of the Austrian claimant to the throne, and invaded Gibraltar on its name (since they were not involved in a war against Spain). Shortly after they however decided to claim it for themselves, which means it was an act of piracy.

The United Nations has repeatedly stated that Gibraltar should be returned to Spain. We can read in Encyclopedia Britannica of 1879 (vol. 10, page 586) that the British occupation of Gibraltar was an act of piracy against England’s honor. In 1862 British Liberal statesman John Bright stated that Gibraltar was taken and kept by England when there was no war between England and Spain, and its acquisition was against every possible moral law and code of honor. The Isthmus, now lawlessly occupied by Britain, was lent from Spain in the 19th century as part of a humanitarian and Patriotic initiative (Spanish consider Gibraltarians as compatriots) in order to isolate the Gibraltar population affected by Yellow Fever. Since then, Britain has illicitly claimed it as its own, going so far as to erect an airport. In 1951 Irish professor of Hispanic Studies at Glasgow University William C. Atkinson stated that England added insult to injury by doing so. England is not in possession of a complete sovereignty over Gibraltar: As agreed in Utrecht, Spain would not concede any Territorial Jurisdiction. This means that England can not dictate laws in Gibraltar, and is therefore, not in a governing position.

http://gibraltar-intro.blogspot.com/2010/10/in-1713-treaty-of-utrecht-wa...

roddy6667's picture

America engineered a coup in Ukraine. Russia moved to protect its naval base in Crimea, which had been put in danger of being overrun by Americans and their puppets in Ukraine. Nothing more.

Teja's picture

Why do you feel the need to state this again and again, when it is obvious that 99% of ZH'ers accept this version of history anway?

Just wondering.

Truthoutthere's picture

Britbob don't understand that.

Golden Showers's picture

Dear Russia,

You have kicked out all of our spies, er, all of our friendlies. We've been making shit up about Norway for a while. And now you turn on the Sveedes. Ok. If that's how you want to play it. Fine.

Man, I've got more in my trunk than this article has on Russia. Let's see: I have a 21 mm socket and a breaker bar. I have a jack. I have an empty gas can, I got a voltage tester. I have a piece of sand paper. I have a flashlight. I have a full size spare tire that I rotate every month. And I have a really shiny .40 cal his and hers revolver with hollow points. But I keep the burner in plain view in the console for easy access. I also keep a 10, 12, 14 and omg! 16 mm wrench set with me for when shit goes down.

I don't have shit to say about who does what with NATO. But I swear to fucking god, if someone tries to jack me, I'll blow their mother fucking head off.

Guess that's how it goes. When John law stops me on the highway I pull out my car keys and keep my hands on the wheel and flick the dome light on. Then it's high fives. Yeah. Going to work. You got me. I was speeding like a motherfucker. One of these days, John Law is gonna pull over some dumb fuck NATO out their Israel Blue flag waving white helmet subaru and give them a summons up thier ass. But I live here in the states and I can't help what a bunch of fucking paid E5 faggots do to get the US in heat in a stupid game. It's all bullshit. If Russia was a threat, we wouldn't be reading this ballet fucking programme. That's so you can read along while you sleep in the theatre. Like Playbill. Then you can go home and take it with you.

The UN is a circus. That's how I think of them. NATO is a circus. It's cute when some shriners in little cars with fez caps bust around in little cars at a parade, but when it comes down to it, people really disrespect Russia and they're doing thier own thang. Now it's time to play our game. It's time to play our game.

Play bill. Circus. Tents. Yawning stupid fools in office chiars on Monday. Ho hum.

There is no threat as long as there is mis direction. What you do is this: go to a play. Get a magazine. Leaf through it. Don't pay attention to either one. Go home. Don't pay attention to your wife or family. Go to sleep. Wake up. Go to work. Don't pay attention to your work. Don't pay attention while you drive. Just don't do anything or think or care. That's you. And then Bitch about it. Facebook it. Lie. Just lie. Lie. Yawn. Lie. Stretch out and enjoy your passive ho-hum distractions while you are safe from ever thinking or feeling or doing shit.

Buy a fucking car, drive too slow, shut up and die. Like your play bill.

People in Sweeden aren't worried about Russians. They're worried about the islamic hoard of stupid worthless ignorant masses coming down on them.

Ed Jobb's picture

Stopped reading at F-35 LMFAO :)

Blanco Diablo's picture

Air Force says F-35 pilots may be too reliant on oxygen while flying

Lockheed engineers have been unable to determine the reason why some F-35 pilots have experienced hypoxia-like symptoms during flight, though some believe the problem could be that pilots have become far too reliant on oxygen, sources confirmed today.

Earlier this month, officials at Luke Air Force base halted all F-35 flights after five separate incidents were recorded in which pilots were unable to magically convert carbon dioxide into oxygen in order to survive.

"Norway has purchased 56 of such aircraft". That proves the old saying,  "There's a sucker born every minute," P.T. Barnum

sinbad2's picture

American pilots such pussies, imagine needing air, Russian pilots can fly for 3 hours on one breath of air?

Blanco Diablo's picture

Looks like MIC will have to get Elon Musk to create Cylon pilots.

sinbad2's picture

After the US collapse, these little countries will regret threatening Russia.

Idaho potato head's picture

Yes there is going to be a lot of regrets but it will be too late to say yo're sorry.

Koba the Dread's picture

Just like the fools in Poland who tweeked Germany's nose over Danzig in 1939. The Poles mocked Hitler expecting Britain and France to protect them. Note: Hitler did not declare war on Britain or France; Britain and France declared war on Germany. Yet how many British or French troops were sent to Poland to defend it? None!

How many American troops will be dispatched to defend Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia or Poland this time? Again, none! \

Poland never learns.

Teja's picture

Yet how many British or French troops were sent to Poland to defend it? None!

Hmm, remind me again why the UK and France declared war against Germany on September 3rd, 1939?

You are thinking like a school bully - small countries? lets push them around.

AssN9's picture

Or their pedo pols will...

ConanTheContrarian1's picture

Hate to tell you, but these countries have been combatting Russian expansionism for centuries. They're aligning with NATO because they need the help. In essence, they're choosing Western Banking hegemony over Russian rule.

iamerican4's picture

The "little countries" only exist because they were the winter camps for multiple papal crusades' attacking anti-papist, anti-pedo, anti-homo Russia.

hoytmonger's picture

More like the West was willing to cover those countries debt in order to stick a finger in the eye of Russia.

DPLETTENBERG's picture

Russia is always looking long term and, unlike us, have long term goals, which include the economic demise of the US. So if the US and Nato want to spend billions on weapons which will never be used and get deeper in debt they are probably ok with that. The Rusians are assuming that the US has enough sense not to try to invade Russia while their forces are spread out all around the globe. That never works out well for the invaders.

As for the Russian border countries, I'm sure they are happy to get the US cash.

 

roddy6667's picture

Scandanavia has moved from being an area that would survive a nuclear holocaust because they did not get bombed, to having a lot of missiles dialed in on their cities to be automatically launched in case of war. I wonder about they feel about that?

OCnStiggs's picture

There is no such thing as "auto-launching missiles." Where did you get that idea?