Finnish Defence Minister criticizes Swedish "sub hunt"

The Finnish defence minister has criticised the way the Swedish armed forces dealt with the hunt for the suspected "foreign underwater activity" in the Stockholm archipelago last week.

Carl Haglund says that the Finnish military would not have gone public with the information about the search if they were not completely sure about the observations which triggered the hunt.

"If the observations can't be turned into proof, then we wouldn't start a farce", he said, according to Swedish Radio News.

The Swedish hunt was based on reports and photographs sent to the military by members of the general public.

But Haglund's Swedish colleague, defence minister Peter Hultqvist has defended the Swedish military, saying it is understandable that the armed forces would inform the public about a large-scale operation taking place in the archipelago.