The Russian Ambassador told about the threats in case of accession of Sweden to NATO

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotobounce Stockholm. Archival photoThe Russian Ambassador told about the threats in case of accession of Sweden to NATO© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

Russia in case of accession of Sweden to NATO will be forced to radically change its military planning to defend against attacks by the Alliance, said in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens industri, the Russian Ambassador in Sweden Victor Tatarintsev.

The accession of Sweden to NATO, he said, would mean a radical change in the security situation. «It is clear that Russia wouldn’t jump from joy and happiness. But on the other hand, it would be a sovereign decision of the Swedish people,» the Ambassador said to the newspaper, answering the question «How will Russia react if Sweden wants to join NATO?». «The situation for our military planning will change radically. If the situation arises, we should take steps to protect themselves from NATO attack Swedish territory,» said Tatarintsev.

Sunday opened the annual Swedish conference on security issues in the North of Sweden «People and defense». The conference will be attended by the NATO Secretary General. Tatarintsev told the publication that the Embassy in the spring tried to persuade the organizers of the invitation to the conference for political-military experts from Russia, but to no avail. «If there is a NATO, then Russia should be there too. If Sweden is free from alliances, we would have to follow in order to maintain the balance,» — said the Ambassador.

«If I were to (conference) «People and defence», I would have asked the Swedish military from the scene, commander of the armed forces Mikael, Biden and others, why they do not dare to speak to our military for the Desk of experts», — said the Ambassador. He stressed that the words about the guilt of Russia in the deterioration of the security situation are nonsense. «Nonsense. Tensions in the Baltic sea due to the military activity of NATO. We have all the statistics, but nobody wants to listen,» said Tatarintsev.

He rejected charges that Russia has intentions to influence the political and public opinion in Sweden, as well as the words of the head of military intelligence of Sweden Gunnar Karlsson, who called Russia the main source of IT’s attacks and «campaign of influence». «This is all nonsense. This is only blah-blah,» said the Ambassador, called to provide evidence and specific examples.

Tatarintsev believes that, notwithstanding the recent growth of trade between countries, trading opportunities remain largely unused because of the position of the Swedish government. «Russia was excluded from the list of countries in which the government has given priority. I’m obviously disappointed. Many shopping opportunities are not used,» — said the Ambassador.

The Russian Ambassador told about the threats in case of accession of Sweden to NATO© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in photobacteria NATO expansion

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