Sweden ‘cannot rule out’ attack by Russia if it joins Nato

Irish Times | May 13, 2022 at 2:57 PM
  • Sweden is likely to face Russian “provocation and retaliatory measures” and cannot rule out an armed attack should it apply to join Nato.
  • A cross-party security policy paper presented on Friday morning in Stockholm, warns that Russia’s attack on Ukraine represents a “structural and long-term deterioration of Europe’s security environment” that has left neutral, non-aligned Sweden exposed.
  • Nearly three months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, pressure from Finland and a swing in public opinion has pushed the ruling Social Democrats to reverse its long-held view – last expressed by prime minister Magdalena Andersson in March – that joining Nato would destabilise the region.