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Swedish Amb. in the United States, Karin Olofsdotter explained her country’s arguments in favor of NATO membership on Saturday on “One Nation”.
OLOFSDOTER: Threatening other nations is something we shouldn’t do. And we saw what happened in Ukraine, an illegal attack on a sovereign country, without provocation. So it is, of course, deeply troubling. And [Feb. 24] was a watershed moment in our history when it turned out that Russia, which is a huge power in our neighborhood, did indeed act on their threats. So we have to take this very seriously. And that’s why we have the debate we’re having now about whether we should join NATO or not.
We bring a lot. First, we have a military force to reckon with. We have worked with the United States and NATO for over 30 years. We have decided to opt for 2% military spending for our defence. We have a very large military-industrial complex. We build our own fighter planes, our own submarines. As I said, we have a long history of cooperation with the United States. We have participated in every NATO operation over the past 30 years. So we really showed our solidarity with the organization and with our region and with our friends. So I think we are a great contribution if we were to join. We are also a very stable democracy, a fighter for human rights wherever we can. So we bring a lot to the table.
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