NATO Invades Neutral Swedish Beach

Polish soldiers pay Sweden an unannounced visit. Blame Russia?

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Good morning! Today is June 27, 2017. We might actually get some sun today in Moscow. A true miracle. 

Fancy Polish soldiers
Fancy Polish soldiers

Today's top story: Amphibious Polish soldiers paid an unannounced visit to Sweden, and the Swedes are not particularly happy about it:

A group of Polish soldiers disembarked on the western coast of Sweden without permission from the Swedish government, a Swedish Armed Forces representative told local media outlet Goteborgs-Posten.

The Polish squad reportedly conducted exercises on the Swedish island of Tjorn in mid-May, but the news only emerged last week. The soldiers used motor-driven rubber boats to get to the island.

“The crew did things you should not do without permission,” Swedish Armed Forces press officer Carl Karlsson told Goteborgs-Posten.

Remember two years ago when Sweden spent $70 million hunting a "Russian submarine" in the Stockholm archipelago? (It turned out to be a floating Danish log and/or "work boat".) Imagine the front-page headlines if Russian soldiers decided to invite themselves to impromptu Swedish beach parties. Just close your eyes and try to imagine the apocalyptic media meltdown. 

It's so nice to see NATO, a so-called defensive alliance, honoring the territorial integrity of unaligned nations. Leading by example! 

Other News:

  • The world has more confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin than in his US counterpart Donald Trump, says a poll carried out by the US-based Pew Research Center among 40,000 respondents in 37 countries on all five continents. [TASS]
  • Russia's Foreign Ministry has denied reports that Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the US, is being recalled. But the US-Russia Business Council in Washington confirmed on Monday it was hosting a farewell dinner on July 11 for Kislyak. [The Guardian]
  • CNN has accepted the resignations of three journalists after the publication of a Russia-related article that was later retracted, a CNN spokesperson said on Monday. [Reuters]
  • U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they did not know when legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia might come up for a vote in the House of Representatives, and the White House said it had concerns about the measure. [Reuters]
  • Russia only has only one percent of its chemical weapons stockpile left. The rest has been destroyed, according to the head of the country’s Federal Administration for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, Major General Valery Kapashin. [RT]

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