Seeking NATO membership is historic shift for Sweden, says PM

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (R) and the Moderate Party’s leader Ulf Kristersson at a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 16, 2022. Sweden will apply for membership in NATO as a deterrent against Russian aggression, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said in a historic reversal of the country’s decades-long military non-alignment. (Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
  • At a joint press conference in Stockholm, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the biggest opposition party, announced that Sweden would submit an application to join NATO.
  • “The best for Sweden’s security and the security of the Swedish people is for Sweden to join NATO, and to do it with Finland,” the Prime Minister said Monday.
  • With general elections just a few months away, the government could change between now and when the process is complete. Ulf Kristersson, leader of the conservative Moderates, said, “NATO is above party politics.”
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