US boosts military cooperation with NATO hopes — RT World News
The two countries are negotiating the legal basis for the presence of American soldiers on Swedish soil
The United States and Sweden have begun negotiations on a new security agreement governing the future deployment of American troops in the country, which applied to join NATO last year in response to Russian military action in Ukraine.
The Swedish Defense Ministry described the talks in a statement on Monday, saying officials are currently working out the details of what the ministry calls a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA). “The Natural Development of Long-Term Security and Defense Cooperation between Sweden and the United States.”
“The United States is Sweden’s most important partner in bilateral and NATO security and defense policy,” Said. “By making it possible for the Americans to be in Sweden, including in the form of exercises, our security will be enhanced.”
As an addendum “Adjustment of the legal conditions for the presence of American forces in Sweden”, DSA includes other issues such as “access to key areas, advanced storage of equipment”, and taxes and fees related to future US military deployments.
The US State Department has called Sweden a “Valuable Defense Partner” When DCA claims to be “We will deepen our close security partnership, strengthen cooperation in multilateral security operations, and strengthen transatlantic security together.”
The new agreement builds on previous security pacts struck in 2016 and 2018 – the latter involving a trilateral agreement between the US, Sweden and Finland, and struck as Stockholm and Helsinki aim to join the NATO military alliance this year.
The two Scandinavian nations applied for membership, winning quick approval from a majority of the state-run United Union, citing new security concerns following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last May. Turkey and Hungary are the latter two countries, but Ankara says Sweden and Finland have not done enough to fight Kurdish terrorist organizations.
Sweden complains that a NATO member is asking for the impossible
Moscow has repeatedly opposed further NATO expansion eastward, arguing that the alliance would seek to surround Russia with Western air bases, nuclear bombers and missile launchers, and other strategic assets. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said that it is his country “no problem” With Stockholm or Helsinki, if the bloc accepts two new members, Russia has committed to correcting the military situation in its northern region.
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