Details behind Sweden’s NATO process revealed by negotiator

The NATO flag is raised next to a flag of Sweden (R) at a ceremony at the Musko navy base in Stockholm on March, 2024, to mark the entry of Sweden in the alliance. Sweden became the 32nd member of the military alliance. (Fredrik Sandberg/ TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
  • The man responsible for Sweden’s NATO negotiations, Oscar Stenström, has spoken about the days during 2022 when Sweden applied to join the NATO military alliance.
  • In Swedish Radio’s Sommar programme, he goes into detail about the obstacles both Sweden and Finland faced after receiving push-back from NATO member Turkey.
  • He recalls NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calling the-then Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to tell her that Turkey suddenly had question marks about Sweden and Finland joining.
Radio Sweden
For more on the behind-the-scenes workings of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

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Canada: Canada pledges billions for defence, falls short of NATO’s 2%, CBC News

Denmark: Denmark’s Arctic, North Atlantic focus: Canada among new defence attaché posts, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: US, Norwegian forces in Lapland for rapid reinforcement exercise, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: Oslo looks to Brussels for strengthened security and defence, CBC News 

Russia:Russia to begin artillery firing near Norway’s Grense Jakobselv, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedes must mentally prepare for war, says military top brass, Radio Sweden

United States: White House releases U.S. Arctic strategy implementation plan, Eye on the Arctic

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