A hypothetical income Sweden in NATO would have a dissuasive effect against armed conflicts in the north of Europeconcluded today a report agreed by the Swedish Social Democratic Government and the majority of parliamentary forces.
The report, which analyzes the new situation generated by the war in Ukraineconsider that Sweden it would strengthen its security and that of its neighboring countries by joining the alliance, although it does not include any specific recommendations on accession.
In the current situation of Sweden as a country NATO ally there are no guarantees of help in case of attack, since article 5 on collective defense only affects member countries.
The report believes that there is not much room to strengthen cooperation with the alliance, nor is it realistic to think of deepening bilateral alliances outside of it due to the lack of political will to create a collective defense within the European Union (EU).
stay out of NATO It would also require defense spending greater than 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to which Sweden has committed itself and which is the minimum recommended by the alliance.
Sweden could be subject to cyberattacks or provocations such as violations of its airspace or waters by Russiaespecially in the transition period until all member countries ratify a hypothetical Swedish request.
“The main consequence of an eventual entry into the NATO It would be that Sweden It would be part of their collective security,” Foreign Secretary Ann Linde told a news conference.
The conclusions of the report result from the consensus among six of the eight parliamentary forces, except ecologists and ex-communists, who nevertheless agree with the rest in condemning the Russian military intervention ordered by Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.
The presentation of the report comes one day after the Finnish President and Prime Minister decided to support their country’s accession to the NATOa fact that “will influence” the Swedish decision, Linde admitted today.
The Social Democratic Party of Swedenwhich alone heads a minority government, has called an extraordinary meeting of its leadership for Sunday with which the process of internal discussion culminates and at the end of which it will make public its position on the alliance, which is expected to be favorable to entry .
Parliament will host a special debate on Monday on the occasion of the new security report, in which the Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, will participate, and which, according to Swedish media, could be followed by an extraordinary meeting of the Government and the announcement of the sending of a formal request Of income.
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