When submitting its NATO application earlier this year, the Swedish government made a specific promise to keep the alliance’s nuclear weapons and permanent bases outside the country’s borders.
The Moderate Party, then in opposition, supported the move but appears to have backtracked since entering the Swedish government?
A statement by the Supreme Commander of Sweden’s Armed Forces, General Micael Bydén, in which he had no reservations over storing nuclear arms on Swedish soil, has caused a deep rift among the politicians of the Scandinavian country.
The Moderates, now in power, want to follow Finland’s path over nuclear weapons, whereas the Social Democrats, the main opposition party, are critical of having atomic bombs in Sweden.
Despite themselves having submitted the NATO application over changes in the security situation, the Social Democrats made a specific promise to keep the alliance’s nuclear weapons and permanent bases outside the country’s borders, a decision which the Moderates, then in opposition, supported.
Sweden has said that they would have a reservation that it does not want any nuclear weapons on Swedish soil. It was a very important message to the Swedish people this spring and we believe that this message should stand firm.
The same view on nuclear arms and military bases was shared by Håkan Svenneling, foreign policy spokesman for the Left Party.
The fact that Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson now embraces the possibility of nuclear weapons on Swedish soil is irresponsible.
Nuclear weapons pose risks for Sweden and make the world more insecure. Several NATO countries have exceptions to having nuclear weapons on their soil, and of course Sweden should also have such an exception.
Finland and Sweden submitted their NATO membership applications in May, three months into Russia’s special operation, abandoning decades of non-alignment. So far, 29 out of 30 NATO members have formally ratified the accession agreements.
As of now, both countries are in talks with Turkey to allay concerns over their alleged support of organizations which Ankara considers to be terrorist.
At present, only three NATO members have nuclear arms (the USA, Britain and France). None of these have placed nuclear arms in the territory of new members since the end of the Cold War.
Remarkably, Sweden and Finland’s Nordic peers Norway and Denmark limited their involvement in NATO by neither placing nuclear arms, nor receiving conventional forces on their territory in peacetime.
Currently, seven NATO countries have specially certified fighter jets capable of carrying US B61-12 tactical nuclear bombs deployed in Europe (the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Belgium and Greece).
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2022.
Why no US bases shown in the UK–its not “top secret ” ? What the UK does is call them “RAF ” bases which they are not -“RAF ” Alconbury–“RAF” Fairford –“RAF” Mildenhall –Molesworth–Lakenheath and the misuse of the word “NATO ” its real name is the USA . Molesworth – houses 64 US nuclear cruise missiles -Lakenheath has had US nukes since the Cold War –I could go on but I visited a big US radar spy base labelled “RAF ” in Edzell -Scotland full of US Air-force personnel –even did their shopping in Montrose supermarket -it no longer… Read more »
Wow, once in, never out?
Serving as a Dutch sergeant in the army, we visited our so-called possible cold war positions in Germany in 1981, and later our infantry company guarded the US nuclear arms complex, taking care of the third ring of defense. The first and second ring were secured by US forces themselves.