The Government of Sweden has confirmed this Monday that it has made the decision to formally request accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), only one day after neighboring Finland has made the same decision.
With this decision, both countries abandon their position of historical neutrality and add thousands of kilometers of border with Russia, despite the explicit warnings of their president, Vladimir Putin.
“There is a large majority in the Swedish Parliament to join NATO,” said Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson after a debate on the matter. “The best thing for Sweden and for the Swedish population is to join NATO,” she insisted.
In an appearance, Andersson has assured that they are willing to present the request between today and Wednesday, but that they will do so jointly with the Finnish Government chaired by the also Social Democrat Sanna Marin. The Swedish premier has insisted that they do not believe there is a direct military threat against her country for making this decision.
Meanwhile, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has assured that the expansion of NATO to Finland and Sweden is not a problem for Russia, but it will be if it includes the deployment of weapons in the territory of those countries.
“Russia has no problems with these countries, since their entry into NATO does not create a threat,” Putin said during the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), after which he clarified that if the enlargement is accompanied of the location of “military infrastructure”, Moscow will have to “react”.
In this sense, this morning the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Riabkov, stated that “it is a new serious mistake with far-reaching consequences, which “will increase the general level of military tension and the situation in this area will be less predictable” .