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Foreign mini sub found in Swedish waters - confirmed

Updated fredag 14 november 2014 kl 15.23
Published fredag 14 november 2014 kl 10.09
"We don't know who is behind this, but it is totally unacceptable"
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Göranson shows an image of what he says are tracks of the submarine on the sea floor. Photo: Frank Radosevich / Radio Sweden
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Göranson shows an image of what he says are tracks of the submarine on the sea floor. Photo: Frank Radosevich / Radio Sweden
Photo: Frank Radosevich / Radio Sweden
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Sverker Göranson, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, displays the area of the archipelago that they surveilled to collect evidence about the foreign submarine. Photo: Frank Radosevich / Radio Sweden
Bild på misstänkt föremål i Stockholms skärgård. Foto: Försvaret.
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A picture of what attracted suspicion in the Stockholm archipelago. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces.
Photo: Claudio Bresciani / TT
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The sonar image showing the trail left behind after a small submarine in the archipelago. Photo: Claudio Bresciani / TT

The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Sverker Göranson, confirmed today that it was indeed a foreign mini-submarine that had violated Swedish waters in the Stockholm archipelago last month.

Göranson said there was "no doubt" about the intrusion, and went on to present a list of evidence that the Armed Forces had gathered.

For example, they analyzed a photo taken by a private individual of a white mass on the surface of the water. Göranson said the white foam surrounding a black dot was the result of water being pushed out of a submarine vent. He also presented new images taken by Swedish military showing the tracks of a sub along the bottom of the sea-floor in the archipelago.

Göranson added that the sub featured in the photo may not have been alone, there could have also been other subs in Swedish waters at the time. He refused to say, however, where the tracks were found or when.

Radio Sweden asked whether the military knows what the foreign submarine was doing in Swedish waters, to which the Supreme Commander replied, "That would be pure speculation."

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said at the press conference, "We don't know who is behind this, but it is totally unacceptable."

Löfven said that the government will set up a new defence council, which will include top government ministers, and that the government will also continue to inform the opposition, but now in a more formalised and regular way. He also underlined the importance of strengthening Nordic military co-operation. He also added that there is no acute threat against Sweden at the moment.

"We have already proposed to the Parliament that we will increase our expenditure for the defense," said Löfven.

On 17 October, the Swedish Armed Forces said in a statement it was alerted by a "credible informant" that foreign activity was taking place underwater in the Stockholm archipelago, and that it had decided to conduct an surveillance operation in the area. The hunt for evidence took over a week.

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