Armed Forces to disclose which countries violate Swedish airspace

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The Swedish Armed Forces has decided to no longer keep the nationality of an aircraft that violates Swedish airspace confidential and will from now on publish a detailed report about each incident on their website within six hours, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.

The aim is to be more transparent about the violations to avoid unnecessary speculation, according to Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.

"Our ambition is to take after Finland and be more open about the military activity over the Baltic Sea so that people know what happens around them," Hultqvist says.

The number of airspace infringements has varied since 2009, but has gone up from three cases in 2011 to 13 last year.

Radio Sweden spoke with Mikael Holmström, security policy correspondent at Dagens Nyheter, about the change. He says the new policy is in some ways a return to how the Swedish military used to do business.

"During the Cold War... they were much more open about things," Holmström says, adding that he wasn't surprised by the about-face. "Some people say we have a new Cold War and this is one aspect of it."

He says one benefit of the push for transparency could be less speculation that accompanies each report about foreign infringements.

"There's been a lot of focus on Russian intrusions but actually I think that most of the intrusions are made by Nato countries," he tells Radio Sweden. "So I think that it will be a more balanced picture of what is happening."