Sweden will not join NATO’s nuclear deterrent sharing program
Sweden and NATO (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)
Sweden will opt out of NATO’s nuclear deterrent sharing program and will not host nuclear weapons on its territory after joining the alliance, according to a Nov. 11 report by Reuters.
According to Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Bilström, his country is following the lead of its northern neighbors, including Finland. Finnish President Sauli Niinistö also ruled out the possibility of deploying nuclear weapons in his country.
At the same time, Commander-in-Chief of the Swedish Armed Forces Mikael Byden recently recommended to the country’s government not to set any restrictions, specifically on the deployment of nuclear weapons, before Sweden becomes a full member of the alliance.
The accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO has already been ratified by 28 out of 30 member states, and now hinges on the approval of the Turkish and Hungarian parliaments.
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