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Membership of NATO | Sweden plans to install nuclear weapons on its soil



(Helsinki) 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 decided we didn’t want to close any doors.”

“You will receive from me exactly the same answer as the Prime Minister of Finland,” added 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 members of NATO, have refused to allow foreign powers to install nuclear weapons or permanent bases on their soil.

To date, 28 Member States – out of 30 – of the Atlantic Alliance have ratified the accession of Sweden and 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, at a time when Sweden is trying 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 the extradition requests made by Ankara are not honored.

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

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