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War in Ukraine For Members

KEY POINTS: How has Sweden responded to Putin's war in Ukraine so far?

Becky Waterton
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KEY POINTS: How has Sweden responded to Putin's war in Ukraine so far?
Volvo Trucks has suspended production of trucks at its factory in Russia. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, Swedish businesses and cities, alongside the Swedish government, have responded with a range of sanctions on Russia. See the key points here.

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Businesses:

  • February 28th: Scania vehicle manufacturers announce that they paused delivery of vehicles and reserve parts to Russia "last week"
  • February 28th: Volvo truck makers (a separate entity from Volvo cars) halt production at its Russian factory and stop sales in Russia
  • February 28th: Volvo cars stop all sales of new cars in Russia
  • February 28th: Ericsson suspend deliveries to Russia
  • March 2nd: H&M announce that it is halting sales in Russia
  • March 2nd: Spotify announce that it is closing its Russian office and removing Russian state-sponsored content from its platform
  • March 3rd: IKEA suspend activities in Russia and Belarus
  • April 11th: Ericsson suspends all operations in Russia indefinitely

Cities:

  • February 27th: Kalmar municipality, southern Sweden, pauses partnership with twin city Kaliningrad, Russian exclave
  • February 28th: Borgholm municipality on the Swedish island of Öland pauses twin city agreement with Zelenogradsk, also situated in Kaliningrad
  • March 1st: Karlskoga municipality, central Sweden, end twin city agreement with the Russian city of Ivangorod
  • March 3rd: city of Malmö ends anti-HIV/AIDS collaboration with Kaliningrad
  • A number of other municipalities such as Lycksele in northern Sweden and Norrtälje north of Stockholm have also ended their collaborations with Russian cities

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Universities:

At a press conference on March 2nd held alongside the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) and the Swedish Research Council, Education Minister Anna Ekström called for Swedish universities and higher education institutions to break all contact and collaboration with state-run institutions in Russia and Belarus.

"We should not have research and education collaborations which support the Russian administration," Ekström said. She did, however, underline that individual Russian researchers should not be equated with the Russian state.

"In many education and research collaborations, there are individual contacts between researchers in Sweden, Russia and Belarus. Many in Russia and Belarus openly criticise the Russian administration's actions, putting their lives in danger. Therefore, it is important that Russian and Belarusian researchers are not automatically equated with state institutions," she said.

Government support:

  • March 1st: The government agrees to send 100 million kronor to Ukraine
  • February 28th: The government agrees to send military supplies to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons and protective supplies
  • March 1st: The government agrees to send a further 500 million kronor to Ukraine
  • March 2nd: The government agrees to send medical supplies to Ukraine including face masks, ventilators, hand sanitiser and IV drips
  • March 23rd: Sweden decides to send a further consignment of anti-tank weapons and mine-clearing devices to Ukraine

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Anonymous 2022/03/03 21:40
As many Volvos are now made I believe in China, are these being stopped from sale to Russia too?

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