UPDATED: Four Russian fighter jets briefly enter Swedish territory

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Four Russian fighter jets briefly entered Swedish territory over the Baltic Sea on Wednesday, the Swedish Armed Forces said, sparking a swift condemnation from Sweden’s defence minister.

Two Russian SU27 and two SU24 fighter jets briefly entered Swedish airspace east of the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Sweden’s Armed Forces said in a statement, adding that Swedish JAS 39 Gripen jets were sent to document the violation.

“The Russian violation of Swedish airspace is of course completely unacceptable,” Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told news agency TT. “It will lead to a firm diplomatic response from Sweden. Swedish sovereignty and territory must always be respected.”

Sweden’s Armed Forces said the situation was under control and that the incident showed preparedness was good.

“In the light of the current situation we view this event very seriously,” it said on its website,

Sweden on Sunday said it would send military aid, including 5,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, the first time since 1939 that Sweden has sent weapons to a country at war.

PHOTO – A handout photo made available by the Swedish Air Force shows Russian SU 27s and Russian SU 24s that violated Swedish airspace east of Gotland, Sweden, 02 March 2022. According to the Swedish Air Force, four Russian fighter jets violated Swedish airspace on 02 March 2022. The Air Force carried out an operation with Jas 39 Gripen out of the emergency preparedness and documented the incident, in the form of photography. EPA-EFE/SWEDISH AIR FORCE / HANDOUT MANDATORY BYLINE: SWEDISH AIR FORCE

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