Sweden increases military budget in reaction to Russian activity

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 23.8.2017 12:03

The Swedish armed forces will receive additional €850 million in the defence budget in the next three years, the Swedish government announced on Wednesday 16 August. This increase in funding is intended to strengthen the defence capabilities of armed forces in the context of escalated tensions with Russia in the Baltics.

The increase in expenses was agreed on jointly by the centre-left minority government and the two opposition parties. The additional funding aims to improve the operability and overall strengthening of the armed forces after years of underfinancing the defence sector. Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqist said this sends an important signal to surrounding states as well. This is the next step following the reintroduction of conscription and the deployment of units on the strategically important Baltic island of Gotland. These measures aim to increase the country's defence capacities and Sweden, therefore, joins other states who are responding to Russian activity in the region by increasing their defence capabilities. In this context, Sweden is also strengthening cooperation with the US Army and NATO, yet the government continues to rule out potential membership in the alliance.

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