Sweden returned to their military units on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea. Troops were withdrawn after the end of the cold war, but now their presence became relevant again.
As reported by Agence France-Presse, after the Soviet collapse, Sweden first reduced defense spending, and even after 14 years, completely disbanded the regiment in Gotland. The barracks were sold to private owners.
The decision to restore the army was made in 2016, the year of the armed conflict in Ukraine and subsequent deterioration of relations between Russia and the European Union. The garrison was returned in January 2018, the modernization of the armament and re-equipment.
“It’s not about a direct threat to Sweden, and on the security situation – it is worse than it was 10 years ago. So we modernized the national military potential,” – said defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.