Today, Sunday, the Social Democrats’ party board meets to formally decide whether Sweden should apply for membership in the NATO defense alliance.
The meeting, which begins with a preparation by the party’s executive committee, is expected to last all afternoon. Thereafter, a decision shall be made by the party board, after which a notice is expected to be given at 6 p.m.
Sweden’s government representatives have recently met with representatives of NATO member countries.
Last week, Magdalena Andersson, together with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, visited Berlin for a meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who afterwards announced that Sweden can count on Germany’s support in an application process. Sweden has also signed an agreement on military cooperation with the United Kingdom. The United States has also openly welcomed a Swedish NATO application.
Majority of the parties for a membership
At home, the security policy analysis was presented on Friday, which stated that there are risks of Russian aggression against Sweden.
In connection with this, the majority of the parliamentary parties, six out of eight, supported the analysis. The Green Party and the Left Party opposed its conclusion and said that it was a party submission for NATO.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a statement shortly afterwards that it would be a “mistake” to include Finland and Sweden in the defense alliance, whereupon he said that the Scandinavian countries are a “guest house for terrorist organizations”.
The statement came unexpectedly, according to Foreign Minister Ann Linde (S), who met her Turkish counterpart in Berlin on Saturday to sort out the issue.
However, the conversation should not have resulted in any success and the whole thing will continue to be handled with diplomatic negotiations, Linde stated on Saturday night.
A parliamentary debate on the NATO issue will be held on Monday, and in connection with it, the decision to apply for membership in the Defense Alliance is formally expected to be made by the government. Subsequently, a membership application is expected to be submitted to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Tuesday, according to information to SvD. The decisive factor, however, will be whether Finland completes its process by then.