According to Swedish security forces, Russian spies are actively trying to prevent Sweden from ratifying an agreement that would cement stronger NATO ties.
Sweden and Finland may be getting closer to joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as Russia continues its aggressive posturing in the Baltic Sea.
Russia's prosecutor-general is reviewing the sovereignty of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania after lawmakers said the three tiny countries were illegally granted independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s.
Russia will have no option but to build up its own military power on the Western front if reports that the US plans to store heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe are true, says an official.
VICE News embedded with Lithuania's army as it carried out simulation warfare against fictional rebels, preparing for a peacetime attack from the East, which it believes is highly likely.
These new plans would apply to males between 19 and 26, and bring in around 3,500 conscripts a year. The Baltic state is also currently hoping to acquire over 100 light-wheeled tanks.