Sweden sends leaflets to 5 mln homes on how to prepare for war with Russia

17:50, 18 January 2018
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Sweden is preparing to issue a public information manual on what to do in the event of war, as debate in the country grows over how to deal with the threat from Russia, according to Yahoo News.

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The brochure, due to be sent to 4.7 million households, will inform the public how they can take part in “total defense” during a war and secure water, food and heating, Yahoo News reported.

The booklet with the working title If Crisis or War Comes will also give guidance on dealing with threats from cyber attacks, terrorism and climate change, the FT wrote.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military support for its proxy forces in eastern Ukraine, along with increased activity and exercises near the Baltics and Scandinavia have caused deep unease in Sweden.

Read alsoSweden hosts huge war games exercise with NATO - EuronewsThe neutral country has begun to reverse deep post-war defense cuts and incursions by Russian planes and submarines have sparked intense public debate over whether to join NATO.

In September 2017, the country held its biggest military exercise in 23 years, with war games involving 19,000 Swedish personnel and allies from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Norway and U.S.

“All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defense or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, leader of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.

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