17:49 Apr. 29, 2016
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.
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.