As Russia’s threat grows in areas close to Ukraine, the Swedish government has decided to bring forward plans for a new security policy by two weeks, stressing that the majority of its population is in favor of joining NATO.
The information was conveyed by the country’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde this Thursday, saying that the leadership will present a parliamentary analysis of the new security policy caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 13 May and not on the 31st of that month as planned.
This change is due to the evolution of the military conflict in Ukraine and the activities of Finland, a neighboring non-NATO country, which, like Sweden, is increasingly determined to join the Atlantic Alliance.
It should be noted that last week the Finnish government presented a document with several options to ensure the country’s future security. The country’s parliament launched a debate this week that could culminate in an application to join the Atlantic Alliance at the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June.
According to a Finnish study, the possible accession to NATO could create tensions in relations with Russia, although maintaining the current “status quo” entails risks.
According to a survey in Sweden, published today, a majority of Swedes (51%) are in favor of joining NATO. It should be noted that this percentage has increased since the figure was 45% a week ago.
However, joining NATO is clearer in Finland than in Sweden, and it also changed faster. Until a month ago, the Prime Minister of Finland, Magdalena Andersson, said that joining the Atlantic Alliance would “further destabilize” her position. In November, the Social Democratic General Assembly, to which the leader belongs, approved the rejection of NATO membership.
It is also noteworthy that the Swedish Democrats (SD) – the far right, the third parliamentary force that originally opposed entry – announced a few days ago that they would also support membership if Finland so wished.