Sweden’s multinational exercise 'Aurora 17' being staged in different phases on 11–29 September is the largest in the country for 23 years and marks a decisive turnaround in Stockholm’s military stance.
The manoeuvres involve approximately 20,000 troops. In addition to non-aligned Finland, contingents will also take part from NATO members Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Norway, Lithuania, and the United States. Participation is governed by bilateral agreements between Sweden and the participating countries.
"The exercise sends an important signal about our security policy. It raises the deterrent threshold against different types of incidents,” Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said on 13 September.
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