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In the meantime, the Royal Navy attacked Copenhagen and the Anglo-Russian War (1807–1812) was declared.
Referring to the treaties of 17, the emperor demanded that Gustav Adolf close the Baltic Sea to all foreign warships.
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He instead entered into negotiations with Britain in order to prepare a joint attack against Denmark, whose Norwegian possessions he coveted.
The Russians used the services of General Georg Magnus Sprengtporten when forming their plans.
Sprengtporten suggested going on to an offensive during the winter since Finland would be mostly isolated when seas were frozen.
Meanwhile, on 30 December 1807 Russia announced that should Sweden not give a clear reply Russia would be forced to act.
Although most Swedish officers were skeptical about their chances in fighting the larger and more experienced Russian army, Gustav Adolf had an unrealistic view of Sweden's ability to defend itself against Russia.