Tuesday, November 22 2016 21:18 EET
Europe
Sweden brings back Cold War weapons Kustrobotbatteri 90 on the island of Gotland to deter Russia
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Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, Sweden is taking mothballed Cold War missile launchers out of storage in museums to shore up the defenses on its Baltic Sea front line, according to The Times.

The traditionally neutral nation, not a member of NATO, is sending the land-based Kustrobotbatteri 90 to its former stronghold on the island of Gotland, UNIAN reports. 

The Scania launcher lorries, built in 1987, were developed for the Saab Robotsystem 15 (RBS-15) anti-ship missile system but only one of four planned batteries was delivered before Sweden’s coastal artillery was taken out of service in 2000.

Relations between the West and Russia have continued to deteriorate since Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, and the Swedish military is scrabbling to build defenses. 

Minister of Defense of Sweden Peter Hultqvist commented on Russia's decision to move its nuclear-capable advanced Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad, considering this a provocative signal policy.