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In an interview with SVT the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström (S), warned NATO not to get involved in Swedish politics. “NATO should refrain from saying things that seem to pressure and threaten Sweden,” said Wallström. The Swedish government is currently considering ratifying the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the US ambassador has said that a nuclear weapons prohibition would create problems for Sweden’s relationship with NATO. “We are making an independent judgment which will later lead to a decision. We will not be moved by threats. It is not acceptable to make such statements. It is counterproductive,” said Wallström.
Hans Wallmark, Defence Spokesperson for the Moderates, was quick to criticise Wallström, and claimed that this marks the Social Democrats’ return to activist, leftist politics. “This is a leftist jab, and a return to the phrase and placard politics that has not been a part of the Social Democrats for several decades,” Wallmark told Expressen. The Moderates’ Johan Forssell wrote on Twitter that “Red-Green foreign and security policy is beginning to show echoes from the 1970s”.