In a joint article written by Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Defense Minister Pal Jonson to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, it was stated that Russia continues to pose a threat to them, and that the Swedish government has decided that the army can carry out preparations with NATO member states to enable future joint operations. .
In the article, “Russia is still a threat to us. In case of crisis or war, we must be able to quickly bring the military resources of other nations to our region. As the Swedish government, we allowed NATO troops to be in our country temporarily without being a member of the alliance.” expressions were used.
“We are at the most serious security risk since World War II”
In the article, it was noted:
“Moscow takes enormous military and political risks to achieve its geopolitical goals. Russia’s war against Ukraine is unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times in Europe. We are at the most serious security risk since World War II. Russia is near “It will continue to pose a threat to its neighbors in the future. It is impossible to say where the limits of Putin’s territorial ambition are. We made such a decision in light of the serious situation in our neighborhood.”
After the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, Finland and its neighbor Sweden applied for NATO membership on May 18, 2022, ending its decades-old policy of military neutrality.
Finland became the 31st member of NATO in April, while Turkey and Hungary have not yet received approval for Sweden’s membership.