Finland’s GPS was disrupted during NATO war games and Russia could be accountable: PM
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila delivers a information convention in Helsinki, Finland March 26, 2018. Lehtikuva/Emmi Korhonen by means of REUTERS
HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s GPS sign was deliberately disrupted during NATO war games within the Nordic international locations over the last few weeks and the wrongdoer could be Russia, Prime Minster Juha Sipila mentioned on Sunday.
Finland’s air navigation products and services on Tuesday issued a caution for air visitors because of a large-scale GPS interruption within the north of the rustic. Norway posted a equivalent caution about lack of GPS indicators for pilots in its personal airspace on the finish of the October when the NATO workout started.
“It is possible that Russia has been the disrupting party in this. Russia is known to possess such capabilities,” Sipila instructed public broadcaster Yle.
Finland isn’t a NATO member however it took phase as an best friend in ‘Trident Juncture’, NATO’s biggest workout in a long time which ended on Wednesday. Forces from 31 international locations participated within the games with regards to Russia, in a space stretching from the Baltic Sea to Iceland.
Finland stocks a 833-mile (1,340 km) border and a troublesome historical past with Russia. It has in recent years evolved nearer ties with NATO however stopped wanting complete club consistent with a practice of averting disagreement with its japanese neighbour.
Reporting by way of Anne Kauranen; Editing by way of Matthew Mpoke Bigg