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Danish intelligence service says country faces ‘no immediate’ military threat

Denmark and other Nato countries do not face any immediate threat from Russia, the Danish military intelligence service FE said on Wednesday.

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen visits a military base on Bornholm
Danish PM Mette Frederiksen visits a military base on Bornholm on April 7th. Denmark is under no immediate military threat according to its intelligence service FE. Photo: Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix

The FE assessment came in the form of an answer provided to parliament’s Defence Committee by the defence minister, Morten Bødskov.

“It is unlikely that Russia desires a military conflict with Nato. Russia has probably no intention of using military force against Denmark. FE thereby concludes that there is no direct military threat to Denmark,” FE states in the response.

However, the situation could change at short notice, the parliamentary answer also states. This could occur if the “current tense situation develops in the direction of a military confrontation between Russia and Nato,” it said.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, Moscow has threatened retaliation against any countries that participate in the war, which Russia characterises as a “special military operation”, on the side of Ukraine.

Danish fighter aircraft currently patrol the skies over Baltic Sea island Bornholm daily in what has been described as a precaution against potential Russian encroachment on Danish airspace in the area.

The government earlier this year opened the door to a future military deal with the United States which could see American soldiers posted on Danish soil.

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BORNHOLM

Russian World War II monument vandalised on Danish island

A Russian monument to World War II soldiers on Danish island Bornholm has been painted on using the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Russian World War II monument vandalised on Danish island

The monument, an obelisk at the Russian cemetery in the town of Allinge on the Baltic Sea island, was partly painted over in blue and yellow paint on Sunday, local broadcaster TV2 Bornholm reports.

The paint was used to change a written tribute to fallen Russian soldiers on the monument to a message expressing support for Ukraine during the ongoing invasion by Russia, which began on February 24th this year.

The church in Allinge has reported the damage to the monument to police, according to the report.

The Russian cemetery on Bornholm is one of a small number of locations in Denmark at which Russia marks the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The Russian ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, customarily marks Russia’s Victory Day – May 9th – by laying a wreath at the cemetery.

Broadcaster DR reported on Monday that was unlikely to happen this year amid poor diplomatic relations between Russia and Denmark and local opposition on Bornholm to Barbin visiting the island in the context of the Russian war in Ukraine. The Russian embassy has not confirmed to DR whether the ambassador has cancelled plans to go to Bornholm.

While most of Denmark was liberated by the advance of British soldiers at the end of World War II, this was not the case on Bornholm, which is located 200 kilometres east of Copenhagen in the Baltic Sea and is closer to Poland than Denmark as the crow flies.

Soviet Soldiers arrived on Bornholm as the German occupation ended and remained until the following spring in 1946.

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