Sweden is fearing for its safety so strongly enough that it has stepped up efforts to call on NATO to rescue it. Russia has been “threatening” a number of NATO members and European nations that it has driven another nation to seek cooperation from another powerhouse like NATO. As Russia and NATO found themselves more at odds, will tensions escalate into a fully fledged war?
Russia Attacks Sweden?
Russia’s continued efforts to build up its forces near Europe have driven Sweden to seek for NATO membership. Perceived as Russia aggression, Moscow’s latest activities in Europe has alarmed Sweden and forced the country to advocate for a membership for possible protection. Can NATO protect Sweden?
The way Sweden has become a part of NATO policy councils and wargame planning has reached unprecedented ways. Sweden is trying to boost up its defenses as well as it watches Russia’s efforts in the Arctic and the Baltic. Thanks to the Host Nation Agreement, signed just several months following the annexation of Crimea, NATO has the liberty to operate on Swedish soils.
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“We have a very lively security debate in my country right now,” Breaking Defense quoted Björn Lyrvall, Sweden’s ambassador to the US during the ComDef conference.
“During the Cold War, there was an old joke about the Nordic countries: ‘Norway has NATO (to shield it), Sweden has Finland, and Finland has a very, very long border with the Soviet Union,” added Amb. Eric Edelman, counselor at the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. The official also said that there has been coordination between the Finns and Swedes through the years and with NATO.
NATO To The Rescue?
Nonetheless, another report from Sputnik emphasizes more Sweden’s desire to become part of NATO. The country just issued a report
“The most tangible effect of NATO membership would apparently be the elimination of the uncertainty that currently exists regarding how a possible Baltic crisis would ultimately turn out. At the same time, the West’s overall conflict deterring capability is thus likely to increase,” the report said.