Amid worries over Russia, Sweden returns troops to Baltic island

Under an icy rain, camouflage-clad Swedish soldiers crouched behind a log pile, aimed their machine guns towards the Baltic Sea and, at their officers’ barked orders, opened fire down the snow-covered range. It was routine training for the young recruits based on the Baltic island of Gotland, but these troops are at the forefront of Sweden’s efforts to bolster its military as Stockholm worries about Russian intentions in Europe and the Baltic.

Harnessing the power of the wind

Videographic showing how electricity is created by offshore and onshore wind turbines. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be joined by French and Norwegian ministers Tuesday to officially open a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea, a key project for her country’s “energy transition”.VIDEOGRAPHICS

Russian Su-27 fighters intercept US B-52H bombers above the Baltic Sea

Courtesy: Russian MoD

Footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defence on Saturday allegedly shows Russian Air Defence Forces Su-27 fighter jets escorting a US B-52H bomber near the Russian border.

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Russian Su-27 jet escorts US B-52H bomber over international waters of Baltic Sea

Russian Ministry of Defence released footage of US Air Force’s nuclear capable bomber B-52H Stratofortress over international waters of the Baltic Sea.

According to the ministry, Russian airspace control detected the bomber at a considerable distance from the Russian border, and sent a pair of Su-27 fighter jets to identify and escort the US aircraft.

After being trailed by the Su-27s, the B-52H changed direction and left the area.

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Su-27 intercepts US RC-135 spy plane near Russian border

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A Russian Su-27 fighter jet has intercepted and escorted an American RC-135 spy plane over the waters of the Baltic Sea near the Russian border, the Defense Ministry has said, releasing a short video of the engagement.

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France seeks to derail Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany

The dispute over a major energy pipeline project is threatening to drive a wedge between Europe’s two powerhouses – Germany & France. Nord Stream 2 would see Russian gas pumped into Europe through Baltic Sea, but France is apparently making moves to block the project. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9nx1

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Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepts US spy plane over Baltic Sea

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A Russian Su-27 fighter jet has warned off a US P-8а Poseidon reconnaissance plane, which was approaching the Russian maritime border in the Baltic Sea, the Defense Ministry said.

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Swedish spy plane intercepted by Russian Su-27 over Baltic Sea – MoD

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A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet was deployed to intercept an unidentified aircraft moving towards the Russian border. The potential intruder turned out to be a Gulfstream jet collecting intelligence for the Swedish military.

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Bergman’s sanctuary island Faro becomes pilgrim’s journey

Ingmar Bergman, one of the most distinguished filmmakers of his generation, died 11 years ago aged 89 in his home in Faro, a small island in the Baltic Sea whose coast is strewn with distinctly-shaped limestone rocks and shrubland, where his disturbing film “Persona” (1966) was set.