Foreign Minister Calls in Russian Envoy Over ‘Threats’ About Sweden Joining NATO

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, Jan. 23, 2015From Johan Sennero, Reuters:  Sweden has called in Russia’s ambassador to explain comments by a foreign ministry spokeswoman who said any Swedish decision to join NATO would have “consequences” that would compel Russia to respond.

Tensions have been mounting recently, with Sweden increasingly concerned by Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and military activity around the Baltic region.

On Thursday a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said Sweden’s admission to NATO “would have military, political and foreign policy consequences that would require indispensable response measures from the Russian side….”

From Local (Sweden):  “We are an independent state and it’s us who makes the decisions about our security policies and our security policy choices,” she [Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom] told the TT news agency.

We don’t think anyone should be threatening us and I have called up the Russian ambassador so we can have the chance to ask a few questions and so that they can explain themselves.”

Image: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, Jan. 23, 2015 (photo: Latvian Foreign Ministry)