Swedish politician: "I want to see the democratization of Russia"

Sweden should not aspire to NATO at a time when the world is uncertain, says former Defense Minister of this country and Speaker of Parliament Thage G Peterson, whose opinion is published by Sydöstran newspaper.

Main line of defense policy Sweden is obliged to speak the same language in the same tone both with the USA and with Russia. If we don't, we will not be militarily neutral and non-aligned.

- the expert notes.

The Swedish leadership must be equally consistent both in relation to the East and against the West. Ancient fears of a Russian invasion or an exaggerated belief in the democratic stability of the United States should not blind the Scandinavian country, or push it "to adventure," the ex-minister said.

The rapprochement with the US-led military alliance in recent years has occurred at a breakneck pace and without an explanation of the reasons why Russia could attack Sweden.

Our country, in my opinion, is not a strategically important target for Russia. A separate Russian war against Sweden is unlikely. And the rearmament of the Russian Federation itself is not a cause for concern. The EU wants to have its own army and increasingly speaks only of military solutions against Russia. Sweden must take a different path. By the way of the world. To influence the EU to open the door for Russia to this community. The Swedish Defense Minister should come up with an initiative to exchange visits between Sweden and Russia. Of course, we must strive for good relations with the United States. But this should not prevent us from having good relations with Russia.

- continues Tage Peterson.

Yes, Sweden thinks of itself in the West. But, as the analysis notes, "even if our heart is in the west, the brain must be in the east." Sweden, as a neutral and non-aligned country, must also negotiate and maintain its dialogue with Russia. The absence of all of this is an extremely unreasonable policy. Isolating and freezing relationships is a dangerous path. Peaceful meetings and cooperation will create peace in the long term.

To give strength to its neutrality and freedom from alliance, Sweden must have a strong and modern army that must "protect our country and people." Therefore, more military spending is needed.

I am against the demilitarization of Gotland. First I would like to see democratization in Russia

- the politician notes.

Joining NATO, however, will not bring security benefits to Sweden. Not now, not in the future. On the contrary, it is Stockholm that will be drawn into NATO adventures around the world.
  • Photos used: Swedish Ministry of Defense
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  1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
    Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 21 January 2021 08: 23
    Let him try to see "democratization" in the United States.
    But not so, you don't understand, this is different.
  2. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 21 January 2021 08: 29
    And that, quite sensible reasoning, and there would be more such politicians .... And the whole world has seen enough of "democratic" America.
  3. Tamara Smirnova Offline Tamara Smirnova
    Tamara Smirnova (Tamara Smirnova) 21 January 2021 08: 58
    Sweden has never been neutral, at least in relation to Russia. Although not formally a member of NATO, Sweden is nevertheless one of its most active members. Under the guise of neutrality, the Swedes collaborated productively with Hitler against the USSR. Let all wishes and desires return to the Swedes in 1000 times the size!
    1. Vadim Ananyin Offline Vadim Ananyin
      Vadim Ananyin (Vadim Ananyin) 21 January 2021 09: 12
      I agree, as soon as Russia is weakened for some reason, the mood in the Scandinavian society will change, the example of Finland, Norway, Poland, Turkey. I don't even want to talk about the Balts. And such reasoning is always among pensioners from the authorities.
  4. Cucumbers Offline Cucumbers
    Cucumbers (Cucumbers) 21 January 2021 09: 13
    You cannot enter the same river twice. He slept through the process
  5. goncharov.62 Offline goncharov.62
    goncharov.62 (Andrei) 21 January 2021 09: 20
    The only question is, how do you understand the term "democratization". And why are you sure that it (shit .. democratization) is needed for Russia. I think that the Swedes need a tolerant black gay queen ... And why not? And the rest - "let's live together" (c) ...
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 21 January 2021 12: 55
      I think that the Swedes need a tolerant black gay queen ...

      So they hardly have any fundamental objections. Just to change the gender ...
  6. Miffer Offline Miffer
    Miffer (Sam Miffers) 21 January 2021 11: 25
    First, I would like to see democratization in Russia.

    1) After 1985, the so-called process began. But its results fell short of expectations, ending in December 1991.
    2) As Kipling argued, "West is West, East is East, and they cannot come together."
    So, neither I nor my great-grandchildren will survive to what the Swedish politician meant.
  7. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 22 January 2021 05: 03
    First I would like to see democratization in Russia

    You will be in captivity, you will see.
  8. Georgievic Offline Georgievic
    Georgievic (Georgievic) 22 January 2021 19: 59
    What nonsense they write! I want not want! Live as a Swede, don't puff out your cheeks! Nobody will notice you! And Russia doesn't need you!