January 13, 2018 – FRN –
If Sweden joins NATO, Russia will have to radically change its military planning, said Russian Ambassador to Stockholm Viktor Tatarintsev.
As the diplomat noted, if Sweden wants to join NATO, it will be the sovereign decision of the Swedish people. Of course, Russia “would not jump with joy and happiness from such a decision,” the ambassador said in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri.
However, Tatarintsev continued, Sweden’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance would mean a radical change in the security situation in the region. In this case, Russia, will have to take adequate measures, in terms of its military planning against a possible attack from Swedish territory.
The Russian diplomat also reminded that the annual conference on security issues in Sweden “The People and Defense” begins on Sunday. As expected, it will be visited by the NATO Secretary General. The Russian embassy in Stockholm attempted to get an invitation, but was not successful.
“If NATO representatives are there, then Russia should be there, too. If Sweden is free of alliances, then a balance must be maintained,” Tatarintsev stressed.