14 September 2017
Sweden launched its biggest war games in two decades. Together with the NATO countries, the drilling was 19,000 troops after years of spending cuts on defence. Sweden, like the Baltics, Poland and much of the West, has been deeply concerned by Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula Crimea. Around 1,500 troops from the United States, France, Norway and other NATO allies are taking part in the exercise.