Moderates swing over defence funding
The opposition centre-right Moderate party has announced it is now in favour of allocating the Swedish military more funds, Swedish Radio News reports.
The three other parties in the opposition Alliance have welcomed the change of policy from the largest opposition party, with the Centre Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats already committed to giving the defence forces more money.
The Swedish military says it needs at least SEK 4 billion more each year for the next four years if it is to be able to carry out the missions expected of it by Sweden's politicians.
The Moderates have previously said the military should not get any new funds, but that was before the recent submarine hunts in the Stockholm archipelago and close encounters with Russian fighter jets over the Baltic Sea.
However, the party is currently refusing to say how much more they would be willing to give the defence forces.