Swedish general mulls welcoming NATO nuclear weapons — RT World News


The country’s commander-in-chief says he should allow the bloc to use its territory as it sees fit

Sweden should notmake reservations at an early stageeven before joining NATO, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Micael Byden told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. Byden recommended that the government not object if the US-led military bloc sought to place nuclear weapons or bases on Swedish soil.

The Commander-in-Chief revealed that the Armed Forces plans to more than double the number of conscripts to 50,000 by 2035. Stockholm will meet NATO’s required spending of 2% of GDP on defense by 2026, plus sooner than previously thought, thanks to a weak currency and higher costs for military equipment, he added.

Byden’s advice against limiting the bloc’s access to her country’s resources echoed the words of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who noted at the same press conference that she does not want “close all the doorsto the alliance. There shouldn’t be”all prerequisitesto NATO membership, she said.


Marin’s Swedish counterpart, Ulf Kristersson, expressed similar views, suggesting that the two Nordic nations “should draw exactly the same conclusions” and “kisswhatever the military bloc demands of them.

Stockholm and Helsinki applied to join NATO in May, citing the Russian military operation in Ukraine as the reason for the decision. While 28 of the bloc’s 30 members have endorsed their candidacy, Turkey and Hungary have yet to do so.

Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at a press conference in Prague, said that “Finland is not a country where terrorists roam freebut Sweden isa place where terror rages.

Finland sent a delegation to Turkey at the end of October, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu, which revealed that the talks focused on the extradition of Kurdish activists, a major concern for Ankara.

Commenting on Finland and Sweden’s potential NATO membership, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned in June that the move would further escalate tensions between Moscow and the West.


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