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MILITARY

US Navy wants Swedish Sub

Svenska Dagbladet revealed this week that US marine forces are keen to hire a Swedish submarine, including its crew, because of its "impressive technology".

The Swedes would supply the Gotland Class submarine for essential training for the American forces and would have to “act as the enemy” in mock attacks. The government is keeping quiet on the financial and legal aspects of the agreement.

“The contract would be set for a longer period of time though, and the Americans have to pay a substantial amount of money, that’s for sure”, said Anders Hedgren, Press Officer at The Swedish Defence Authority. SvD speculated that it could cost up to 160 million crowns per year for the Americans to rent the submarine.

Sources: Svenska Dagbladet

NATO

Turkey forms ‘permanent committee’ to assess Swedish Nato deal

Turkey on Thursday said a new "permanent committee" would meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with Ankara's conditions to ratify their Nato membership bids.

Turkey forms 'permanent committee' to assess Swedish Nato deal

Finland and Sweden dropped their history of military non-alignment and announced plans to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of
February. All 30 Nato members must ratify the accession.

Nato member Turkey has demanded the extradition of dozens of suspected “terrorists” from both countries under an accession deal the three signed last month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “freeze” the process over Sweden and Finland’s failure to extradite the suspects.

He accuses them of providing a haven for outlawed Kurdish militants. “If these countries are not implementing the points included in the
memorandum that we signed, we will not ratify the accession protocol,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed in a televised interview.

He said the committee would meet in August but provided no details.Turkey’s parliament has broken for its summer recess and will not be able
to hold a ratification vote before October. Some Turkish officials have warned that the process may drag out until next year.

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