Tallinn think tank: Sweden would be hard pressed to defend itself, let alone others (1)

The October hunt for a sub in the Swedish archipelago (AFP/Scanpix)
2/3/2015 9:20 AM
Category: International

The International Cener for Defense and Security, Estonia's leading think tank on geopolitical issues, warned that the Swedish defense system is so weak that it could not guarantee its own national sovereignty if push came to shove, let alone the security of other countries.

The center released its latest report on Friday with separate coverage of the status of both Finland and Sweden's defenses.

In an interview with Eesti Päevaleht, the deputy director of the ICDS, Martin Hurt, said it would take seven to 10 years to strengthen Swedish national defense structures to an acceptable level.

The paper flagged the aggressive behavior from Russia and cuts to the national defense system in Sweden as problems.

"If we look at the October hunt for a sub in the Swedish archipelago, it's clear their national defense is so weak that they cannot ensure soveriegnty even in peacetime in their national waters. Another country can carry out sub operations there, and the situation would be the same in wartime," said Hurt.

Even if it decides to join NATO or shore up its defense spending, Sweden has "lost valuable time," the study notes, adding that Baltic independence is "directly related to Sweden's NATO membership status or its ability to defend itself."

K. Rikken

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