Sweden, like Finland now a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner, supplied combat troops for NATO’s war in Afghanistan and warplanes for NATO’s war against Libya.
Sweden will sign a defence cooperation agreement with Norway and Denmark this week to counter a deteriorating security situation in the Baltic region, Sweden’s TV4 said on Thursday.
Sweden, which is not a member of NATO but enjoys close ties with the bloc, is rebuilding its military after decades of neglect as a result of growing tensions with Russia in the Baltic region.
Sweden has boosted military spending – including agreeing to buy Patriot missiles from the United States – and deepened its military cooperation with NATO and neighbouring countries like Finland in recent years in response to heightened tensions with Russia.
“We know that Russia is prepared to use military power in order to achieve its political goals and aims,” [Swedish Defense Minister Peter] Hultqvist said.