Swedish PM on Nato: ‘I see no point in delaying the process’

Sweden's Prime Minister said on Wednesday that she aimed to make a decision on Nato membership early enough for it not to clash with this September's general election, as her Finnish counterpart said her country would decide "within weeks".

Swedish PM on Nato: 'I see no point in delaying the process'
Swedish Prime Minister Magda Andersson and her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin ahead of a joint press conference in Stockholm. Photo: Paul Wennerholm/TT

Speaking at a joint press conference in Stockholm with Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Andersson said that while Sweden would take as much time as necessary to properly assess the changed security situation, it would not draw out the process unnecessarily. 

“I see no point in delaying this analysis, or the process,” she said. “We also have elections in September, so we want to, of course, later in the year have more focus on that.” 
Finland’s parliament will next week start a plenary session to discuss the implications of the Finnish government’s reassessment of the security environment following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which was published on Wednesday  and which concluded that if Finland joined Nato “the deterrent effect” would be “considerably stronger than it is at present as it would be based on the capabilities of the entire Alliance”.
“I think it will happen quite fast. Within weeks, not within months,” Marin told reporters at the press conference. 
Sweden is also discussing Nato membership following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Since the end of the Cold War, Finland and its Nordic neighbour Sweden have remained non-aligned but have deepened ties and are close partners with Nato, stopping short of memberships.
Marin stressed that as a Nato partner but not a member, Finland was not covered under Article 5, which states that an attack on one member should be considered an attack on all.
“There is no other way to have security guarantees than under Nato’s deterrence and common defence as guaranteed by Nato’s Article 5,” Marin said.

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Finnish MPs on Wednesday also received a white paper on the country’s security situation and a potential membership in the military alliance in light of the war in Ukraine.
The paper will serve as the starting point for parliamentary debates beginning next week. Many analysts predict Finland could submit a bid in time for a Nato summit in June.
Finland’s leaders have in the past opted to stay out of Nato in part to avoid provoking Russia.  During the Cold War, Finland agreed to stay out of western security cooperation in exchange for guarantees from Moscow not to invade.

Member comments

  1. This woman has been in power for how many minutes , and she already wants to take Sweden into a War which by the way things are going will expand to other EU countries when China finally signs a pact with Russia like Italy did with Germany in the last War . Pandora’s Box has been open and there is no going back , this is not a game and if selling weapons to boost the Swedish economy is the object of this MADNESS then it’s not good enough . India is backing Russia and being rewarded with cheap Oil , Saudi Arabia only talks to Putin and has not taken a single call from Biden since he came to power . Africa hates Ukraine after the racist War Crime they committed denying Africans and all Blacks on trains taking people out of Ukraine telling them to walk 500 kilometers to the border and once at the border in the freezing cold told to go to the back of the line so Whites could pass before them . Most importantly is Putin has Warned Sweden and Finland twice not to get involved and if they do join ask the Finns what Stalin did to them the last time they stood up to Russia . I would say ask Sweden to ask Russia what Peter the Great did to King Charles their super hero warrior King , but it would fall on deaf ears , as I have been in contact with the Swedish Foreign Minister and the ICC and the bias shown towards a Slavic country that has been around for ten minutes is revolting . The EU still pays Putin One Billion Euros every day for Oil and Gas and they say they are at War with Russia ??? Have you ever heard of any Military conflict when one side is paying the aggressor money to build up its army and buy more weapons to kill them ?? My Political Science Professor left that one out of the lessons at Penn , and I can’t remember any case law where you pay the killer to kill you ?? White because they are White people getting killed by other White people is the only reason Ukrainians are being treated like Gold dust over all other War Victims from Ethiopia , Yemen , Camerouns all ongoing Wars that no Swede ever talks about . Six Years ago Ukraine had a Government which was pro Russia until the Coup that overthrew them . You now have 6 million Refugees , cities completely destroyed , an economy that has shrunk by 45 percent , while Russia only 11 percent with all those useless sanctions . The Russian army is doing what it has always done , retreated to regroup having tested the fire power of the Ukrainian Army and they will strike back when the summer comes and there will be no more mistakes . Sweden will be a target for that prediction I do not need a Crystal Ball . Inflation is skyrocketing like never seen before and Americans are sick to death of Biden blaming Putin for his incompetence not Putin . Biden’s approval rating is at 33 percent as of today lower than Tricky Dicky Richard Nixon during Watergate . The Secretary of Defence only yesterday awarded Military Suppliers 79 Billion Dollars to make weapons for Ukraine . Any idiot who went to Military School knows like I know , that without boots on the ground and fighter planes in the skies this is just a Con Game . I end here saying Best of Luck , you are going to need it when you join NATO and for the first time in four hundred years , you will go to War .

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MP vows to sink budget if Sweden drops Turkey weapons ban

The Swedish independent MP Amineh Kakabaveh has said she will vote down the government's amendment budget next week if it does not commit to maintaining its ban on selling weapons to Turkey.

MP vows to sink budget if Sweden drops Turkey weapons ban

Kakabaveh, who resigned from the Left Party in 2019, how holds the decisive vote in Sweden’s parliament, and she has been using the leverage this gives her to extract pledges from the government to support the Kurdish autonomous government in northern Syria. 

Turkey’s demand that Sweden ends its weapons ban is one of its key conditions to back Sweden’s bid for Nato membership, so ceding to Kakabaveh’s demand threatens to freeze the country’s Nato talks.  

Kakabaveh told Sweden’s TT newswire that if she did not use her position for the good of the Kurds, it would be tantamount to helping Turkey in its attacks. 

“It would be as if I was sending weapons there which are used against the Kurds,” she said. 

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Sweden’s government hopes to submit an additional amendment budget to parliament next week which, if it wins Kakabaveh’s support, would allow it to pass its budget and honour a deal struck in November with the Left Party to hike monthly payments for the poorest pensioners. 

When Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg came to Sweden on Monday, he singled out dropping the arms ban as one of the “important steps” Sweden was making to overcome Turkey’s objections. 

“I welcome that Sweden has already started to change its counter-terrorism legislation and that Sweden will ensure that the legal framework for arms export will reflect the future status as a Nato member with new commitments to allies,” he said. 

Kakabaveh has now used her position to extract concessions four times: once last July, when parliament voted on whether  to return Stefan Löfven as prime minister, once in November, when Magdalena Andersson was elected PM, once in the run-up to the no-confidence vote in Sweden’s justice minister on June 7th, and now in the run-up to next week’s additional amendment budget vote. 

Sweden’s party system means that unless she finds a party willing to have her as a candidate, she will cease to be an MP after September’s election.