The number of subjects of Sweden, supporting the idea of joining the North Atlantic Alliance, four months grew by 10%, it follows from the results sociologicheskogo research research organization TNS Sifo.
According to the results sociologicheskogo research, the country's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance are 41% of the subjects of the Kingdom, 39% do not support this idea, another 20% until undecided, says Defense News.
"It's amazing how fast opinion has changed. Since the annexation of Crimea (a part of Russia – approx. OPINION) and the beginning of the fall in Ukraine, We observed a strong trend of decreasing opponents of accession to NATO ", - said the political scientist Ulf Bjereld. Recent data show that the number of supporters of joining NATO, compared With may, increased by 10%. In 2012, the idea of joining the Alliance was supported by only 17%, and by the end of 2013 – 29%. Before the Swedish government has stated many times that the country until not going to join NATO. September 10, the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the possible accession of Sweden to NATO would have required responses From the Russian side." We have many times stated that the choice of strategy of national defense and security is internal and sovereignty of each country. But We still consider a policy of non-participation of Sweden in military blocs as an important factor of stability in Northern Europe " – said the diplomat. Then the Russian Ambassador in Stockholm was summoned to the foreign Ministry of Sweden. On 3 September the foreign Minister of Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway in General statement after the meeting on Thursday in Copenhagen expressed concern about the increasing military power of Russia. August 18, commander of the Swedish armed forces General SVERKER Goranson said that the Russian Federation is a challenge for Sweden, But not threatening her.