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Navy deployed to probe suspected sub sighting

Several Swedish naval ships were deployed in Gothenburg harbour on Thursday in a hunt for a suspected submarine thought to be spying on Sweden.

Navy deployed to probe suspected sub sighting

Suspected “foreign intelligence activities” are being investigated in the waters west of Gothenburg harbour, the Swedish Armed Forces said in a statement.

A number of ships have been sent to the area to investigate a reported sighting that came from a “credible source”, according to the military.

“We’re now analysing the report. Among other things, we have a number of ships in the area which are involved in the analysis work. The area is also heavily trafficked and therefore it’s important that we also go out with information about what we are doing,” naval inspector Jan Thörnqvist said in a statement.

Ships from Sweden’s 3rd Naval Warfare Flotilla, based in Karlskrona, as well as the 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla, and the Amphibious Regiment from Berga outside of Stockholm are currently patrolling the area in an attempt to verify the report.

“At this stage, we don’t want to make any comment whatsoever about what was observed,” Törnqvist told the TT news agency.

“We’re using all the resources we feel are appropriate and which are available.”

He added that he sees no reason to speculate about the basis of the observation but rather to wait until the Navy has completed its analysis.

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NATO

Turkey forms ‘permanent committee’ to assess Swedish Nato deal

Turkey on Thursday said a new "permanent committee" would meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with Ankara's conditions to ratify their Nato membership bids.

Turkey forms 'permanent committee' to assess Swedish Nato deal

Finland and Sweden dropped their history of military non-alignment and announced plans to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of
February. All 30 Nato members must ratify the accession.

Nato member Turkey has demanded the extradition of dozens of suspected “terrorists” from both countries under an accession deal the three signed last month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “freeze” the process over Sweden and Finland’s failure to extradite the suspects.

He accuses them of providing a haven for outlawed Kurdish militants. “If these countries are not implementing the points included in the
memorandum that we signed, we will not ratify the accession protocol,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed in a televised interview.

He said the committee would meet in August but provided no details.Turkey’s parliament has broken for its summer recess and will not be able
to hold a ratification vote before October. Some Turkish officials have warned that the process may drag out until next year.

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