Sweden should increase its military cooperation with the U.S., writes the Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist (S), in Dagens Nyheter on 31 August. Hultqvist writes that it is in Sweden’s interests to develop cooperation with neighbouring countries and strengthen the transatlantic link. He further underlines that the U.S. has an important role to play in the security of Europe. The government’s strategy in meeting Russia’s increased military activity in the Baltic region rests on two legs, writes Hultqvist. Partly on the capabilities of the Swedish Armed Forces and partly on the cooperation and collaboration with other countries. “The U.S. has a necessary role in this. The transatlantic link is crucial for Europe’s safety and should be strengthened”, he writes. However, Hultqvist emphasises that a Swedish NATO-membership is not on the agenda.
Last week, Hultqvist said in an interview with Dagens Nyheter that military cooperation between Sweden and the U.S. is to increase in five major areas: interoperability, training and education, materials cooperation, research, and international operations. In the interview, the Defence Minister explains that he is now implementing the defence decision taken by the Riksdag earlier in June. The decision means that Sweden is to deepen military cooperation with Finland, NATO and the United States.