Swedish government opposes referendum on NATO membership

The head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry said that the government opposes a referendum on the kingdom's membership in NATO. The initiative to hold a popular vote was made by the head of the Swedish Left Party

Ann Linde

The Swedish government opposes a referendum on the country's membership in NATO, said Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, Sverige Radio reports.

“Security policy is determined by the government after a decision in parliament. Questions like this are rarely put to a referendum anywhere. Most NATO countries did not have it, — Linda said.

Earlier, the initiative to hold a referendum was made by the head of the Left Party of Sweden, NushiDadgostar. “Because of NATO, not only the sons and daughters of politicians, but also the Swedish people may be on the battlefield,” — she declared.

“A referendum always divides and injures the population,”— Linda said. And she warned that the referendum could provoke a campaign of misinformation.

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The Swedish Parliament is to discuss an accelerated procedure for joining NATO. The plans of Sweden and Finland, which retained their non-aligned status, to join the North Atlantic Alliance as soon as possible were discussed against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Now both countries are NATO partners.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO intends to quickly accept both countries if requested from them.

The Russian authorities reacted negatively to the decision of the Swedish and Finnish governments. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the Foreign Ministry had briefed Stockholm and Helsinki on the consequences of this decision and on the response measures.

Speaking of the measures that Russia can take when Sweden and Finland join NATO, the Deputy Chairman of the Council Security Council Dmitry Medvedev announced the strengthening of the grouping of ground forces along the borders with the alliance and the significant deployment of naval forces in the Gulf of Finland. “In this case, it will no longer be possible to talk about any non-nuclear status of the Baltic, the balance must be restored,” — he noted.

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