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Sweden Mulls "Doctrine Shift" in Defense After Russian Incursion in Ukraine
wsj.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Niclas Rolander

Posted on 03/19/2014 11:59:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

The continuing crisis in Ukraine has the reputedly peaceful Swedes rethinking the nation's defense doctrine, and some are using the situation as a way to push for NATO membership in the run-up to parliamentary elections.

Only a few weeks after announcing cuts to the defense budget, Finance Minister Anders Borg told the TT news agency Wednesday "there is a lot indicating" that more money will have to be allocated to military defense.

Much of the political debate leading up to the elections in September has been focused on the need to spend more on education and other domestic policies, so any hint that a boost to defense budgets is in the pipeline signals a dramatic U-turn.

In recent years, Swedish policy on defense has been based on the view that there are no conceivable threats to Swedish territory in the near term, and the military has been scaled down and reshaped to focus on participation in international operations. However, after Russia's recent military intervention in Crimea, politicians of different stripes are now saying there should be an expansion in the defense budget and a strengthening of the country's military presence on the strategically important island of Gotland in the Baltic sea.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: crimea; europeanunion; germany; nato; putinsbuttboys; russia; surrendermonkeys; sweden; ukraine; unitedkingdom; viktoryanukovich; waronterror; yuliatymoshenko

1 posted on 03/19/2014 11:59:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Well, the smart move would be for NATO to dismiss any Swedish application for NATO membership. When the crap hits the fan in some other NATO country, the Swedes will not respond, as the treaty requires.


2 posted on 03/19/2014 12:02:40 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I think Angela Merkel better start running three shifts at the panzer factory.


3 posted on 03/19/2014 12:05:02 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: WesternCulture

Ping.


4 posted on 03/19/2014 12:05:46 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: txhurl; GeronL; KC_Lion; TigersEye; nuconvert

Ping


5 posted on 03/19/2014 12:06:56 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Finland is in the EU but will never join NATO. Russia is its neighbor and has to keep cordial relations with it.


6 posted on 03/19/2014 12:07:02 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: blueunicorn6

Sphincters are tightening all over Poland, as well.


7 posted on 03/19/2014 12:08:42 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Sweden stayed happily and prosperously neutral through two world wars, no reason for them to take sides now.
8 posted on 03/19/2014 12:09:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Berlin_Freeper
woman soldier photo: Sweden-Killer-Woman-Army-Officer Sweden-Female-Woman-Soldier-Army-Military-Armed-Officer-Pictures.jpg putin photo: Putin vladimir-putin.jpg

"Are you accepting surrenders yet? Asking for a friend."

10 posted on 03/19/2014 12:12:36 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://yle.fi/uutiset/finnish_air_force_steps_up_surveillance_amid_interesting_traffic_over_baltic/7145516


11 posted on 03/19/2014 12:13:15 PM PDT by Viiksitimali
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To: Snickering Hound

What the heck is she shootin’?


12 posted on 03/19/2014 12:21:09 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: F15Eagle
Let’s see what happens with the Baltic states.
Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia
13 posted on 03/19/2014 12:29:22 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

They can’t protect their own woman from Muslim invaders and they want to participate in NATO?


15 posted on 03/19/2014 12:33:13 PM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Recent events put me in mind of this Ad from the 1984 Reagan - Bush Campaign:

There's a Bear in the Woods

Apparently the Swedes have spotted the Bear.

16 posted on 03/19/2014 12:40:38 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot
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To: blueunicorn6

Obama already won salesman of year from domestic firearms manufacturers. Now, he’s gonna get the award from international defense contractors!


17 posted on 03/19/2014 1:46:56 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: smokingfrog
What the heck is she shootin’?

Arrows.....right through my heart.

18 posted on 03/19/2014 1:49:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Hey Sweden, Our Dear Leader Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, what's the problem? All is sweet in the world.
19 posted on 03/19/2014 1:51:30 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Berlin_Freeper.


20 posted on 03/19/2014 2:06:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Let them pay for it on their own.


21 posted on 03/19/2014 3:21:20 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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