The Swedish Defence Minister is Opposed to Sweden Joining NATO

The Swedish Defence Minister is Opposed to Sweden Joining NATO
The Swedish Defence Minister is Opposed to Sweden Joining NATO

According to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, Sweden's admission to NATO would entail a significant shift in the security line, affecting the safety of the country's immediate vicinity. Minister Hultqvist stated that his country would not join NATO as long as he is in charge of defence. He has also speculated that sending NATO soldiers to Ukraine may push Europe into World War III. "Sending soldiers to Ukraine by NATO or the West would be tantamount to inciting a world war, which no one wants," he explained.


"Sweden will never become a NATO member as long as I am the Minister of Defence," Hultqvist declared on Swedish state television in November last year. "I have the same opinion; I say the same thing without using the term 'never,'" he remarked, recalling his statements. "The circumstance we ended up in has taught me not to use the term 'never,'" he continued.

"Sweden's membership in NATO means fundamentally changing the security line," Hultqvist underscored, adding that "this has an impact on the safety of our immediate region."


The Swedish Defence Minister is Opposed to Sweden Joining NATO

Following Russia’s invasion, a Finish publication conducted an opinion poll and found out that the popularity of NATO increased in Sweden and Finland. Russian President Vladimir Putin has cited NATO expansion as a reason for Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has also warned of military repercussions if Finland or Sweden join the alliance.