Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson slammed Russia’s attack on Ukraine using rhetoric experts say the country has not witnessed “since the Cold War”.
“Russia’s armed aggression is more than an attack on Ukraine, it is an attack on the right of every country to determine its own future,” said Andersson during her TV address to the nation, six days after the beginning of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“It is with anger that we take note of the attacks on the people of Ukraine,” she said, dismissing Russia’s claim that Ukraine was part of its sphere of influence.
“In today’s Europe, there is no room for such a thing,” she said, stressing again that “Russia’s armed aggression is unprovoked, indefensible and illegal.” In her view, it is an attack on every country’s right to self-determination.
Russia has warned several countries in recent days against getting involved in the conflict, including Sweden, which has decided to send arms to Ukraine. However, according to the prime minister, Sweden is not directly threatened.
“My conclusion is that Swedish security is best served by helping Ukraine defend itself. The defence of their borders is a defence of all borders and the protection that international law gives to all countries of the world,” Andersson added.
At the same time, the general threat to the country has increased, and the upgrading of Sweden’s defence capability will be brought forward, she said.
Andersson also warned that Russian influence campaigns and disinformation are increasingly targeting Sweden.
“She stressed that you should not spread information about the Swedish Defence Force, which is a type of rhetoric that is used in serious situations,” said Mats Knutson, political commentator for the state television broadcaster SVT.