From a 2009 NATO exercise in the far north of Sweden, Photo: Patrick Trägårdh/Scanpix

Report calls for a study on joining NATO

A new study into Sweden’s international security cooperation recommends that there ought to be another study into whether Sweden should join the Western military alliance NATO.

The study, by former Moscow ambassador Tomas Bertelman, was commissioned by the previous center-right government. One of the parties in that coalition, the Liberals, have long been strong advocates of NATO membership. In the report, Bertelman writes that Sweden already has very close cooperation with NATO, but lacks the protection that membership would bring.

Sweden’s new Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist tells the TT news agency that there are no plans for a further study into NATO membership.

A new poll shows that more Swedes favor join NATO than oppose for the first time, narrowly, but the number is still well below a majority. The survey conducted by Novus for TV4 showed 37 percent support, with 36 against.

The military’s recent fruitless hunt for “foreign underwater activity” in the Stockholm archipelago may have influenced public opinion.

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