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Sweden has no security agreements with US yet, Defense Ministry says


flag of Sweden in Stockholm. Archival photo MOSCOW, May 18. Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said that Sweden and the United States do not yet have written agreements on security guarantees while Stockholm is in the process of joining NATO. On Wednesday, the ambassadors of Sweden and Finland handed over to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at headquarters in Brussels Mironov called for a revision of bilateral agreements with Finland and Sweden. Also earlier, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde announced the readiness of the United States to provide security guarantees to Stockholm at the time of joining NATO. “We do not have written agreements (on security guarantees – ed.). But we discussed this issue, and here we are talking about the naval presence, exercises from the army, the air presence and the fact that we should consider the field of cybersecurity,” SVT quoted Hultqvist as saying from his meeting with his American colleague Lloyd Austin. Last Sunday The ruling Social Democratic Party of Sweden announced its decision to apply for NATO membership, noting that Sweden, if approved, would oppose the deployment of nuclear weapons and military bases on its territory. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that joining NATO would have a positive impact on the security of the country and the Swedish people. On Sunday, Finland also officially decided to join the North Atlantic Alliance. Russia has repeatedly noted that NATO is aimed at confrontation. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation stated that further expansion of the alliance would not bring greater security to Europe, NATO has an aggressive character. At the same time, he noted that he did not consider the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO an existential threat to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, noted that abandoning the traditional policy of military neutrality would be erroneous, since there are no threats to Finland's security. In his opinion, a change in the country's foreign policy could have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which for many years were built in the spirit of good neighborliness and partnership cooperation, were mutually beneficial. jpg” />NATO to discuss Turkey's concerns over Finland and Sweden's membership

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