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NATO report highlights increased Kremlin StratCom focus on Sweden and Finland

31 January 2018

A high-level NATO report covering the strategic communications (StratCom) environment in northern Europe, released on 25 January, highlights an increased Kremlin focus on non-alliance members Sweden and Finland, in order to prevent Sweden’s closer association with NATO and both countries’ convergence in defence.

The 110-page report by NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia, analyses strategic communications directed at the eight Nordic and Baltic states over the last two years.

The document notes that the security services of countries bordering Russia have reported increases in intelligence gathering on political, economic, and security as well as social issues, rather than industrial or military developments.

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