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NATO cooperation

Neutrality Under Threat?

Published måndag 8 juni 2009 kl 13.45
The British carrier Illustrious is taking part in the maneuvers

Military exercises are bringing Sweden into NATO by stealth, say peace campaigners.

The NATO operation 'Loyal Arrow' takes place in the far North of Sweden for nine days, starting on Monday. Over 2000 soldiers and 50 war planes will take part, including five Swedish Gripen planes.

Green member of parliament Peter Rådberg says that this means Sweden has come down fully on the NATO side, and that this will only worsen relations with Russia.

Rådberg also points to the way that the north cape of Scandinavia has seen increased military activity over the past few years - and that this could mean a greater security threat to Swedes living near this area since neutrality will no longer protect them.

He also says that the British aircraft carrier taking part in the exercise may have nuclear weapons on board; this would be the first time nuclear weapons have ever been allowed into Swedish territory.

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