Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven does not believe that Russia is a direct military threat to his country. This is reported by Yle.
“We always wanted Sweden to have the best possible relations with Russia. Russia is a big country and our neighbor,” said Löfven.
According to the Swedish Prime Minister, Russian actions in Ukraine confirm that Moscow is a challenge to security in Europe.
Before the meeting in April, the leaders of Russia and Sweden did not meet for a long period. However, according to Löfven, the April meeting does not mean that Sweden will tolerate unacceptable things. Such things, in his opinion, is the occupation of Crimea and the conflict in the east of Ukraine.
The Russian Federation uses the same means of influence in Ukraine as it applied for Georgia as Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine reported citing Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality in Georgia.
She discussed the situation occurred at the temporarily occupied territories due to the simplification of the issuance of Russian citizenship to Donbas people with Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories Vadym Chernysh.
“In fact, the president of Russia repeated in Ukraine things, which took place in 90s, the beginning of 2000s in Georgia: he started to issue the Russian passports to the people of temporary occupied part of Donbas. Unfortunately, it is very familiar scenario for us and we know to what it provides,” the message said.
According to Tsikhelashvili, it “is very warning sign that Russia is not going to refuse from its policy and a signal to consolidate our efforts and efforts of our international partners to resist the policy of the Russian Federation.”
According to her, the Ukrainian partners also understand that Russia needs such template measures to justify other illegitimate actions under the pretext of the so-called protection of the interests of its citizens.