AndAnd the Swedish Ministry of Defense revealed, in a statement, that a Russian AN-30 plane “violated Swedish airspace on Friday night” and that the plane was accompanied by the authorities and took pictures of it.
The incident came at a time when Sweden and Finland, the only Scandinavian countries not militarily allied, were considering applying to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In Sweden, political parties are still debating in parliament the possibility of applying for membership and will report on the new security policy on May 13.
Stockholm and Helsinki have significantly increased bilateral cooperation and contacts in recent weeks in an effort to reach agreement on a common position toward NATO and, eventually, request to join it at the same time.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that Sweden and Finland would “welcome with open arms” if they decided to join NATO, and denounced Russia’s “intimidation and threats” so that the two countries would not join their ranks. the organization.
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