Wallström warns NATO not to interfere in Swedish politics

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”.
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Janetta Santalo is Mundus International's Head of Finland Affairs. She is also a regular contributor to the Monthly Policy Review and a writer for Mundus News. Janetta has worked as freelance journalist for various types of publications, with communications agencies, NGO's and media houses as clients. Besides journalism, her career consists of positions in public administration, human resources as well as teaching and coaching. Having lived in six countries: Finland, Sweden, US, France, Bulgaria and Croatia, Janetta is an avid follower of international affairs, politics and cultural trends around the world.