The corresponding document was adopted by an overwhelming number of votes.
The Swedish Parliament approved the agreement on closer cooperation with NATO. As reported by Polish Radio, 291 deputies voted for the adoption of the document, and 21 deputies from the opposition Left Party voted against it.
The agreement, which will come into force on July 1, provides a two-way support in crisis situations, as well as joint exercises.
In fact, this means that NATO forces will be able to be transport its military equipment through Sweden, as well as deploy on the territory of the country by an invitation of the Government.
In addition, Sweden has committed to provide NATO troops immunity on the part of transport, customs, and tax obligations.
In the beginning of May, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven sharply reacted to the words of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the possibility of Sweden joining NATO. According to Löfven, nobody asked for Moscow’s opinion on this matter.
Earlier, the US government and the leaders of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) issued a joint statement after a meeting in Washington, which indicated their common position regarding the danger of Russian aggression in Europe.