The municipal government in Luleå has received assurances that HMS Illustrious will not be carrying nuclear weapons, but still wants the British ship to remain outside the city’s port during the June 8-16 war games.
Anna Ek, president of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society says the exercises will undermine security in the region, because neighboring countries can see it as a threat. She says the only reason for the manoeuvres is as a backdoor sneak for Sweden to get closer to NATO.
Sweden is a non-aligned nation, but is a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. (gw)