Swedish media: Russia is a threat, and the US is a partner

In Sweden, they again started talking about the "Russian threat" and hoped for help from the United States. Anyway, such a conclusion can be drawn from a new article published on the website of the Swedish morning newspaper Smålandsposten.

The new material notes that, according to the government, the security situation, both in the immediate vicinity of the Scandinavian kingdom and in Europe as a whole, continues to deteriorate. Therefore, according to Defense Minister Peter Hultkvist, Stockholm needs to strengthen its defenses.

According to the official, this is largely due to the actions of the Russian Federation. The publication quotes Mr. Hultqvist as saying that we must not forget how Russia "behaved" for the last 15 years, starting with the "aggression" against Georgia.

Smålandsposten also recalls that when three years ago the Swedish armed forces started talking about the fact that armed aggression from a foreign power could not be ruled out, a large political scandal. The wording was later softened.

Now the authorities again do not exclude that "military means or threats of using them can be used against Sweden."

In addition, if an armed conflict flares up in the immediate vicinity, the Scandinavian country will inevitably suffer. The government bases its arguments on the fact that Sweden and its environs, including the maritime regions, are part of a single "military-geographic whole".

It is also argued that military activity around Sweden has only increased. And not only Russia is to blame for this, although the Swedes singled it out especially, since "the deterioration of the security situation in the immediate vicinity [of the kingdom] is a consequence of the actions of the Russian Federation."

I think the best thing we can do is to follow our existing strategy - to build up military capabilities at the national level, while deepening cooperation with other countries along the way.

- said the head of the country's defense department Peter Hultqvist.

Besides the EU, the most important for the Swedes is cooperation with Finland, other Nordic countries, as well as NATO and the United States. Although in the new draft law on military priorities, the government notes that the implementation of American foreign policy is sometimes "marked by unpredictability," Peter Hultqvist relies heavily on the Americans.

The United States is a very important partner for us, and I can only say that everything that we agreed on over these six years they have fulfilled

- quotes the publication of the words of the Minister of Defense.
  • Photos used: Swedish Armed Forces
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  1. Ser sash Offline Ser sash
    Ser sash (Ser Sash) 16 October 2020 21: 30
    The dog considers the same person as a partner.
    All of them itch Poltava, and meanwhile, even in the USSR, Sweden was respected and called a socialist country.
    1. Cheburashk Offline Cheburashk
      Cheburashk (Vladimir) 16 October 2020 22: 17
      Quote: Ser Sash
      The dog considers the same person as a partner.
      All of them itch Poltava, and meanwhile, even in the USSR, Sweden was respected and called a socialist country.

      Note, EVERYONE about whom the USSR spoke respectfully in one way or another, and even Russia responded to some people. EVERYONE forgot everything and sent it to hell!
    2. Alexander Pankov (Alexander Pankow) 27 July 2021 01: 12
      Yes, "socialist" in the sense that power has been in the hands of socialists for a hundred years, but there is no smell of socialism there. Rigid plutocracy.
  2. monman Offline monman
    monman (Garik Mokin) 16 October 2020 22: 23
    Here are Sweden's arguments (their words):

    Passivity is now so dangerous due to the fact that, unlike the Cold War, when there was only the threat of invasion, today a country like Russia can act against other states in many different other ways ...

    When the Russians invaded Georgia in 2008, it became clear that hopes for a peaceful and democratic Russia were unfounded ...

    Back in the early 2000s, Russia began to openly build up weapons, the consequences of which we are seeing today: the country is conducting active military operations in our part of the world. In 2014, Putin's forces invaded Ukraine and illegally annexed Crimea. For a long time, nothing really happened in Swedish defense and security policy. The incursions into Georgia and Ukraine were bells and whistles, but even when a person wakes up by an alarm clock, this does not mean that he immediately gets up. Swedish politicians continue to underestimate the situation in the world, and not enough money is allocated for defense.

    Sweden, in contrast to its neighbors, still spends only about 1% of GDP on defense, while the rest have increased spending to 2%. And as long as our defense contributions remain at this level, the defenses built and financed at the best of times will collapse and decline. Therefore, Sweden is becoming an increasingly weak link in the stability and security of the Baltic region ....
  3. _AMUHb_ Offline _AMUHb_
    _AMUHb_ (_AMUHb_) 16 October 2020 23: 06
    ugh on you Swedes, Finns, here they are good fellows (sea-Peter) and do not "show off" like some fathers ... all this reminds me of some kind of binge))) if we wake up and there is no Ameriga, it is "good", but if it is ... I don’t even know what preventive measures will need to be taken for "balance"))
  4. bear040 Offline bear040
    bear040 18 October 2020 19: 39
    Sweden's main problem is Sweden's imperial ambitions, which it demonstrates no less than Turkey and this does not in the best way affect the security of living in Sweden. If the Swedes sat on their priests exactly and did not get involved in the Russophobic intrigues of the United States, the Swedish priest would have been more whole.
    1. Alexander Pankov (Alexander Pankow) 27 July 2021 01: 18
      There are no imperial ambitions there, this has long passed, but there is a terrible Russophobia, which is instilled from childhood and which is an integral part of the Swedish national character.