Six out of eight Riksdag parties are behind the content of the report. The Left Party and the Green Party are not behind the analysis as a whole.
– All parties agree that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the most extensive since World War II and the action constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and the European security order. We note that the Russian crisis is structural, systematic and long-lasting. This is the analysis that is absolutely fundamental for the rest of the report, says Foreign Minister Ann Linde (S).
Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist (S) says that the report does not report any proposal on how Sweden should deal with a NATO application. He then says what the consequences of a possible Swedish NATO application could be.
– If Sweden chooses to apply for NATO membership, there is a risk of Russian aggression. It is important that Sweden receives security insurance in various ways from a number of allies during the transition period, says Peter Hultqvist.
In the event of a possible NATO membership, Nordic defense co-operation could be deepened within NATO, and Nordic-Baltic co-operation could also be deepened, says Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist (S).
The Moderates’ representative Hans Wallmark emphasizes the importance of Article five of the NATO Treaty and solidarity in Europe as arguments for Sweden to join NATO.
– It is the collective defense, one for all all for one, the joint defense planning. Secondly, that the entire Nordic region will have joint defense planning with our closest and most important countries, we strengthen the Nordic and Baltic community. And thirdly, solidarity with Europe, we are building security with Europe and North America, says Hans Wallmark (M).
– The Sweden Democrats are behind everything important in the report, even though we had views on certain formulations. We believe that Sweden should have increased our defense capabilities more and earlier. The total defense capability has been dismantled, but hopefully with this analysis we see a clear turning point that is long-term and not temporary, says Aron Emilsson (SD).
The press conference was attended by Foreign Minister Ann Linde (S), Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist (S), Kenneth G Forslund (S), Hans Wallmark (M), Pål Jonsson (M), Aron Emilsson (SD), Kerstin Lundgren (C), Håkan Svenneling (V), Mikael Oscarsson (KD), Allan Widman (L), and Maria Ferm (MP).
Source: ICELAND NEWS