: Sweden wants answers from Russia after Lavrov's threats

17:49 Apr. 29, 2016

Sweden wants answers from Russia after Lavrov's threats

Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven addresses the Sustainable Development Summit 2015, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo)

Country's PM says Stockholm is in its sovereign right to join NATO

Sweden can make its own decisions about defence and security. Stockholm demands that Moscow fully respects this sovereign right.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven commented on the recent statement made by Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Lavrov said earlier that Russia would take military measures if Sweden entered NATO. Lofven called these words "unnecessary and uncalled for."

"We demand respect in the same way we respect other countries' decision about their security and defence policies," the Prime Minister said in an interview.

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Swedish MP Karin Enstrom, in turn, said the Russian ambassador should be summoned to elaborate on Lavrov's words.

"This raises a lot of questions, which is why I think it's important that we summon the Russian ambassador to explain what Russia and the Russian foreign Minister mean by this," Enstrom underlined.

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Lars Adaktusson, a member of the European Parliament, also commented on the Kremlin's threats. "Lavrov's words clearly show why Sweden should join NATO," he posted on Twitter.

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