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Hultqvist: troop levels 'serious' for military

Published lördag 16 januari 2016 kl 15.44
Defense Minister Hultqvist on low troop levels
(4:44 min)
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.

Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist says the government is aware of the staffing issues at the Swedish Armed Forces and that a commissioned investigation will look at different models to ensure the military has enough personnel.

"It's a serious situation and we have to handle the problem and because of that we are (carrying out) this research," he tells Radio Sweden, adding that the report should be ready by August 2016.

Hultqvist says he will invite other political parties to discuss what can be done to keep troops numbers at appropriate levels so that there will be a parliamentary consensus if it's decided to revive national conscription.

The minister declined to comment on what he felt was the Swedish military's weakest link and instead says that investments are what should be in focus.

"The most wise thing to do is to upgrade the general military capabilities," he says.

For more on the Swedish military and the question of Nato membership, check out the latest edition of our podcast Radio Sweden Weekly where we look at the state of the Swedish Armed Forces.

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