When asked if the US could make Sweden host such weapons, Jens Stoltenberg said: “No, Sweden is an independent nation that decides for itself. NATO membership will in no way change Sweden’s right and ability to say ‘no’ to the deployment of nuclear weapons”
“We Continue the Change” coalition returned to President Rumen Radev the unfulfilled second mandate to form a government in Bulgaria, Novinite said, Report informs.
“The negotiation, the discussion of where Bulgaria should develop in the coming months is yet to come,” said Nikolay Denkov, nominated by “We Continue the Change” as a candidate for prime minister, upon returning the unfulfilled mandate.
The head of state raised the question of the possibilities of forming a majority with the third, last mandate to form a government by asking the leadership of “We Continue the Change” if they could compromise with GERB.
NATO cannot force Sweden to host nuclear weapons, the bloc’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with the Dagens Nyheter newspaper published on Monday.
“It’s not an issue. If the need arises someday, the decision will be Sweden’s to make,” he noted. “NATO has no power or mandate to impose any weapons on other countries,” he added.
When asked if the US could make Sweden host such weapons, Stoltenberg said: “No, Sweden is an independent nation that decides for itself. NATO membership will in no way change Sweden’s right and ability to say ‘no’ to the deployment of nuclear weapons.” “What may be valid are drills, training and various equipment that Sweden needs, namely radar systems,” he added.
According to the NATO secretary general, more NATO weapons in Europe are out of the question. “NATO currently has no plans to deploy nuclear weapons. It doesn’t have any significance, and NATO has neither an agenda nor requirements for us to deploy nuclear weapons to more member states. Besides, the point is that if it happens, it cannot take place without the consent of a member state,” Stoltenberg explained.
The foreign ministers of Finland and Sweden, along with the envoys of 30 NATO member states, signed protocols for the two Nordic countries to join the US-led military bloc in early July. Helsinki and Stockholm will be able to enter NATO once all of the alliance’s members ratify the documents.