Swedish Security Police Warn of Space Wars With China, Russia

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 23:13:06 GMT
Space Daily

Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 13, 2022 Previously, the fictitious "Russian threat" mentioned by numerous...

More countries see space as a possible arena for conflicts in the future and already today, space is used as an arena for intelligence, Swedish Security Police chief Charlotte von Essen said at the national conference Nation and Defence.

With space as a new arena, "Foreign powers" get new opportunities, Sapo warned.

According to Sapo, a conflict in space can begin with the disruption of socially important functions through an attack on an important space system, such as a navigation satellites.

Two countries singled out as the biggest intelligence threats to Sweden, and which Sapo named as having high ambitions for their space activities, are China and Russia.

"For China and Russia, space is important from both a military and civilian perspective. The countries are also very interested in acquiring knowledge about Swedish research that contributes to the development of space. More people with activities that can be connected to space need to create increased awareness of this," Charlotte von Essen said.

"Seeing space from a total defence perspective is therefore necessary and both preparedness and knowledge need to increase. Collaboration is required to create understanding and resilience", von Essen urged.

Earlier, during the same conference, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist claimed Russia was "Questioning and threatening" the entire European security system.

Remarkably, the "Russian threat" mentioned in reports by numerous agencies and security services and underpinned by a narrative of an "Assertive" and "Aggressive" Moscow has been cited as the underlying reason for a slew of military measures, including a historic hike of the military budget unseen since the end of the Cold War, a re-establishment of military units and a re-militarisation of the Baltic island of Gotland.

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