SWEDEN, October 5 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today circulated a memorandum proposing that the Riksdag should approve Sweden’s accession to NATO. The purpose is to enable a quick procedure when all NATO member countries have ratified Sweden’s accession protocol.
Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO accession protocols were signed by NATO member states at the North Atlantic Council on July 5, 2022. Once all NATO member states have ratified the accession protocols, Sweden and Finland will be able to join NATO. Sweden’s NATO accession must then be submitted to the Riksdag for approval.
As a NATO member, Sweden is expected to join an agreement that regulates NATO’s privileges and immunities. In the memorandum, it is proposed that the Riksdag approve the agreement and its incorporation into Swedish law. It also proposes that the government should be empowered to make decisions about obtaining support from NATO in the form of military forces. The purpose of this is to create better conditions for defending Sweden.
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