NATO-Russia confrontation ‘real possibility’ in Baltic Sea – Swedish general

Russia’s provocative actions and NATO's build up in the Baltic Sea region may lead to confrontations, the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces General Micael Byden has warned.
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