Sweden ready to consider installing nuclear weapons on its soil

Sweden ready to consider installing nuclear weapons on his ground

MISE À DAY

Sweden is ready to consider the installation of nuclear weapons on its soil once it becomes a member of the Atlantic Alliance, declared its new Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, alongside his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin . 

“We must not put any conditions”, initially declared Sanna Marin during a joint press conference in Helsinki. “We have decided that we don't want to close any doors”.

“You will receive from me exactly the same answer as the Prime Minister of Finland”, added for his part Mr. Kristersson. 

“It is natural for Sweden and Finland to act together in this matter and we must follow the same formalities,” argued the head of the Swedish government. “So I intend to move forward hand in hand with Finland.”

Marin and Kristersson admitted, however, that if their countries had any reservations, they could always express them “later”.

Denmark and Norway, both NATO members, refused to accept that foreign powers install nuclear weapons or permanent bases on their soil.

To date, 28 member states – out of thirty – of the Atlantic Alliance have ratified the accession of Sweden and the Finland, which must be approved unanimously.

Only Hungary and Turkey have yet to give their final agreement.

Mr. Kristersson spoke on the phone last Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as Sweden tries to convince Ankara to validate its entry into NATO.

The Turkish president has been threatening since mid – May to block the accession to NATO of the two Nordic countries, accusing Sweden and Finland of protecting Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the People's Protection Units (YPG), considered terrorists by Ankara.

Mr. Erdogan has warned that the Turkish parliament will not ratify the two states' membership until Ankara's extradition requests are honored.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will be received on November 4 in Turkey by President Erdogan to discuss this ratification by Ankara of the accessions of Sweden and Finland, a senior Turkish official told AFP on Friday.