Sweden to spurn nuclear weapons as NATO member, foreign minister says

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Sweden to spurn nuclear weapons as NATO member, foreign minister says

<div> <p><span class="caps">STOCKHOLM</span> – Sweden plans to declare nuclear weapons cannot be stationed on its territory when the country joins the <span class="caps">NATO</span> military alliance, following in the footsteps of its Nordic neighbors, the Swedish foreign minister told local news agency TT on Friday.</p> <p>Sweden and Finland applied to join <span class="caps">NATO</span> earlier this year in a move triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. So far, the application has been ratified by 28 of <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s 30 countries. </p> <p>Sweden’s supreme commander raised eyebrows this month when he recommended that the government should not insert any red lines in the final negotiations with <span class="caps">NATO</span>, such as bans against permanent alliance bases or nuclear weapons on Swedish soil. </p> <p>However, Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said Sweden would join Denmark and Norway in unilaterally declaring that it would not allow nuclear weapons in Sweden.</p> <p>“It is still the long-term Moderate Party position,” he told TT. “We have never intended to change the conditions for the application submitted by the previous government,” he said. </p> <p>A Moderate Party-led alliance won the September general election, ending eight years of Social Democratic rule in Sweden.</p> <p/> </div>