STOCKHOLM (AA) – Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has said that her country is not considering NATO membership for now.
“The basis of the European security system is formed by the fact that each country implements its own security policy. So we created our own security system,” she added.
Meanwhile, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said a session of parliament will be held soon on Finland’s NATO membership.
Speaking after meeting with reporters, Marin said she hoped that a consensus would emerge from the session.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has cited NATO’s expansion as an issue in launching Russia’s war on Ukraine. Moscow has warned of military consequences if either Finland or Sweden were to join the alliance.
Noting that Sweden will develop security cooperation with the US and neighboring countries, Andersson said they will strengthen their defense with the US and Finland due to Russia’s aggressive attitude towards Ukraine and European security.
The Russia-Ukraine war, which started on Feb. 24, has drawn international condemnation, led to financial sanctions on Moscow and spurred an exodus of global firms from Russia, including McDonald’s and Starbucks over the last 24 hours.