- Officials in Sweden have been ordered to make sure they are ready for war
- The government says local authorities should be better prepared for aggression
- Comes as fears of a Russian invasion in Sweden grow following annex of Crimea
- But some have criticised the demands for war readiness calling them ‘unrealistic’
Officials in Sweden have been ordered to ensure that they are ready for war as fears of a Russian invasion grow.
The country’s Civil Contingencies Agency has sent out a letter to all local authorities telling them they must be better equipped to respond to the threat of war.
It is believed the letter was prompted by Sweden returning to their old Cold War-era ‘Total Defence Strategy’.
Officials in Sweden have been ordered to ensure that they are ready for war as fears of a Russian invasion grow. Pictured are Swedish troops training
The strategy places emphasis on defending the nation from overseas threats by taking economic and civilian precautions as well as military ones.
It was ordered to be implemented last December citing a deterioration in the ‘security situation’.
And according to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, the letter sent out reads: ‘This places a high demand on… operational speed, decision making, information sharing, crisis communication, flexibility, robustness and handling secret information.’
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