Sweden to drastically improve navy spending amid tensions with Russia

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Sweden’s authorities on Thursday proposed a 40% improve for its defence funds from 2021-2025.
“It is the largest increase in defence capability in 70 years. An armed attack on Sweden cannot be ruled out”, the nation’s defence minister Peter Hultqvist stated, including that the move got here as a result of the area’s safety coverage scenario “has deteriorated” as “a consequence of Russia’s actions”.
Hultqvist introduced that an additional 27 billion Swedish crowns (€2.6 billion) can be added to the nation’s defence funds from 2021 to 2025. The authorities stated that the proposed spending rise, which must be accredited by parliament, would goal all branches of the navy and would see the variety of staffed personnel develop to 90,000 from 60,000.
After the tip of the Cold War, Sweden, which isn’t a NATO member, slashed navy spending. However, the parliament ultimately selected a turnaround following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
Hultqvist warned that the earlier “disarmament went too far”, and known as on future leaders to not “repeat the mistakes” and preserve “stability”.