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Sweden says the US can guarantee its security if it joins NATO

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said the country received security guarantees from the US if it applied to join NATO.

“Of course, I won’t go into any details, but I feel very certain that now we will have assurances from the US,” Foreign Minister Linde said on Swedish television later. Meeting with his US counterpart Antony Blinken in Washington DC “However, they are not full security guarantees, which will only apply to official NATO members”.

The Swedish foreign minister declined to detail the assurances from the US, but stressed that these conditions would make Russia clear that Washington would not sit idly by if Moscow took negative actions against Stockholm.

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Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde (left) and her US counterpart Antony Blinken during a press conference in Washington DC on May 4. Photo: Reuters

Last month, Sweden’s defense minister warned that Sweden’s application to join NATO could prompt Russia to respond by launching cyberattacks or using other combined measures to damage the country. Swedish security.

Sweden and Finland have long maintained neutral positions in conflicts, but public surveys of the two countries are showing increasing support for joining NATO and a majority after Russia. launched a special military operation in Ukraine.

Sweden and Finland are expected to submit their applications to join NATO in May. Since the membership review process can take at least a year, both Stockholm and Helsinki fear Russian retaliation in the short term. this.

Moscow has warned that it could deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles on the outskirts of Kaliningrad – Russia’s overseas territory between Poland and Lithuania, if Sweden and Finland are admitted to NATO members.

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