Sahlin Attacks Government on NATO
The head of the Social Democrats Mona Sahlin has attacked the centre-right government for what she calls “a slide into a Swedish NATO membership”. In an open letter to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Sahlin and her spokesperson on foreign issues Urban Ahlin accused the governing four-party coalition of not having a clear stand on the question whether or not Sweden ought to become a full member of the military alliance.
Instead, the government was trying to make Sweden a part of isolated NATO missions, write Sahlin and Ahlin. “And that we don’t want”, added Sahlin and Ahlin. The Social Democratic politicians cite the government’s plans to deploy Swedish military personnel to the neighboring Baltic countries in order to help defend themselves against outer threats.
Prime Minister Reinfeldt responded to the open letter by pointing out that his government was not trying to push Sweden into a NATO membership. But Sweden would definitely help other EU countries in military conflicts if necessary, Reinfeldt told the news agency TT.