Military departments of Russia and Sweden established a direct telephone channel for the period of the Zapad 2017 and Avrora 2017 exercises
The Russian Defence Ministry is in favour of improving confidence-building measures and eliminating misunderstandings in military activities in the Baltic region.
Following this line, it was decided to react positively to the proposal of the Joint Operational Staff of the Swedish Armed Forces’ High Command to establish a direct telephone channel for preventing incidents in the Baltic region during the Zapad 2017 and Aurora 2017 exercises.
The expediency of maintaining this communications channel after the exercises’ completion is discussed by the sides. The decision will be made taking into account the dynamics of developing Russian-Swedish relations.