Minister: Swedish-Finnish NATO membership would strengthen Nordic defence

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  • Sweden's defence minister told Swedish Radio News on Tuesday that the Nordic region's defence capabilities "would be strengthened" if Sweden and Finland joined the NATO military alliance.

  • Peter Hultqvist, a long-standing sceptic towards Sweden joining NATO, declined to say what his own current stance was as a decision on membership draws nearer.

  • Sweden's ruling Social Democrats will decide this Sunday whether to drop the party's decades-long opposition to the alliance.