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Sweden doesn’t want US missiles on its territory

Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hulqvist, in an article published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, announced Stockholm’s intention to continue to adhere to military neutrality and not join the North Atlantic Alliance, despite the demands of center-right parties.

“I do not think that the solution to all defense issues in our part of Europe is solved only by membership in NATO,” the Swedish defense minister said.

Earlier in March, the Swedish research agency published data that assesses the military power of the North Atlantic Alliance and its partners. According to their data, compared to Russia, NATO members are poorly prepared for the emergence of a major conflict. Russia will be able to enter the Baltic states in a matter of days, as NATO will be too slow to respond. Russia will have an advantage, because the bloc’s forces are too dispersed, differ in their military capabilities, and their joint training is insufficient.

However, the report said that an armed attack on NATO members, partners, or EU countries by Russia is highly unlikely. However, a serious strategic threat from the West could exacerbate the situation in the region. In other words, Sweden believes that the growing military presence of the United States and NATO at the borders of Russia provokes Moscow to retaliate.

Thus, the US decision to deploy missile defense facilities in Poland and Romania was followed by a response in the form of the transfer of the Iskander missile defense system to the Kaliningrad region. In Sweden, this is well understood, and they do not want to have Russian missiles at their side. However, security in the Scandinavian region does not depend only on Sweden. According to the Swedish defense minister, the possible accession of Sweden to the alliance “will change the situation” for the non-aligned neighboring Finland, a key partner of Stockholm in defense issues. “And Finland has a very long border with Russia.”

Recall that Finland also adheres to the neutral status enshrined in the country’s military doctrine, and Sweden’s accession to NATO will certainly launch a similar process in the neighboring country, which has a long border with Russia.

The involvement of the two Scandinavian countries in NATO will be beneficial only to Washington. At the moment, Sweden and Finland have quite close economic ties and good neighborly relations. In the case of joining the alliance, it will not be limited to military exercises. For example, in same Norway, strategic bombers are already deployed, there is one missile defense facility and another is under construction. The Norwegian Navy is part of the global missile defense system and is equipped with the American Aegis system.

Instead of moving closer to NATO, Stockholm will take the path of modernizing and increasing the capabilities of its own armed forces.

Russia is the main obstacle to peace in Belarus

The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, is ready to hold talks with the self-proclaimed President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, without any preconditions.

This is stated in a statement by her office.

In particular, it is claimed that Tikhanovskaya is ready to meet not even with Lukashenko himself, but with his representatives.

But due to the lack of trust between the parties, the oppositionists believe that the OSCE can act as a platform for preliminary consultations and contacts.

“This allows us to include Russia in the process. It is Russia’s position that is the main obstacle to resolving the crisis in Belarus, “ Tikhanovskaya said unexpectedly.

At the same time, the OSCE will not be able to act as a guarantor of the party’s fulfillment of their obligations. In addition to the Russian Federation, the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, or Sweden may be involved in the negotiations for this purpose.

However, neither Poland nor Lithuania, with which the Lukashenko regime is in acute conflict, can mediate the reconciliation of Belarusians.

Recall that at home, several criminal cases were opened against Tikhanovskaya — including an attempt to seize power and prepare a terrorist attack.

In this regard, Belarus demanded to extradite the politician from Lithuania but was decisively refused.

EU to discuss “Russian military activity around Ukraine”

The situation around Ukraine and the issue of Russia’s alleged “military activity” will be discussed at the next meeting of the foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries. This was announced on April 5 by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrel, on Twitter.

Borrel reported on his telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as well as his concern about “Russian military activity” around Ukraine. This topic, according to Borrel, will be discussed at the upcoming meeting of EU foreign ministers with the participation of Kuleba.

Representatives of Western countries have repeatedly expressed concern about the situation in the Donbas in connection with the statements of the Ukrainian military about Russia’s military buildup along the border with Ukraine. Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Russia is not a party to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and the movement of Russian troops inside the country does not threaten neighboring states, and therefore cannot be a cause for concern.

Earlier, the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on the Settlement in the Donbas, Leonid Kravchuk, demanded that the representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Maya Pirogova, be excluded from the political subgroup.

Sputnik vaccine scandal in Slovakia

In Slovakia, the SAS coalition party has put forward a demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Igor Matovic by March 24 and otherwise threatens to withdraw from the coalition.

This is reported by Noviny.

The ultimatum from the SAS came despite the fact that the resignation of Health Minister Marek Krajci last week seemed to have already opened the way to a way out of the political crisis.

SAS leader, current Economy Minister Richard Sulik. He said that Igor Matovich and the previous head of the Ministry of Health failed to fight the epidemic and called the prime minister’s policy “chaos”.

“This prime minister divides society, he is in conflict with the president, with scientists, with local authorities, and the media … We can no longer support the Matovic government, “ Sulik said.

At the same time, the party opposes early elections and does not demand to give the post of the prime minister to another political force.

“We do not question that the position of prime minister belongs to OaNOAno, and if they nominate a worthy candidate, for example, Finance Minister Eduard Heger, we are ready to discuss it,” Richard Sulik said.

Recall that Heger was temporarily assigned the duties of the Minister of Health after the resignation of Marek Krajci — it was he who granted emergency permission to use Sputnik.

The political crisis in Slovakia was triggered by the government’s purchase of 2 million doses of the Russian coronavirus vaccine.

Freedom of opinion or radicalism? In Germany, a scandal flares up in the ruling party

Reflections of an authoritative Social Democrat about a possible excess of pluralism in Western society and the problem of “a priori guilt of a white man” in the opinion section of the FAZ newspaper produced a bomb-like effect in Germany.

Prominent politician and human rights activist Wolfgang Thierse faces charges of radicalism.

Just a couple of days before the state elections in Baden-Wurttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate and less than six months before the elections to the Bundestag, after which Angela Merkel will leave the post of Chancellor of Germany, all three parties in the German ruling coalition were involved in scandals, albeit of a different kind.

While Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian partner, the Christian Social Union (CDU), have been collecting fragments of their reputation after the so-called “mask scam” of two deputies of their faction in the Bundestag, who, apparently, profited from trade in protective masks in At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, German Social Democrats are experiencing a wave of shitstorm due to accusations of right-wing radicalism against one of the oldest party members, the former chairman of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Thierse.

Ardent defense of pluralism and division of society

It all started when Thierse published a guest article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on February 22, entitled “How Much Identity Can Society Withstand?”

In it, the politician reminds that the concepts of “religious confession” and “ideology”, which today are increasingly being replaced by the word “identity”, have repeatedly become the cause of bloody conflicts in the past. “Should history repeat itself, albeit with a different leitmotif?” Thierse asks.

“Themes of ethnic, gender and sexual identity dominate (in Western society), And the debate about racism, postcolonialism and gender issues are becoming more violent and aggressive,” the politician states. He further develops the idea that violent attacks on “outside”, as well as the fierce defense of this “outside”, inevitably lead to questions about how much identity protection policies strengthen the pluralism of society and when it leads to its splitting.

Wolfgang Thierse himself answers this question in the following way: “Summarizing, we can say that ethnic, cultural and religious-worldview pluralism, which is becoming stronger in Germany, is not an idyll. It leads to disagreements and has a great potential for conflict.” According to the social democrat, in order to preserve peace in society, “pluralism must be something more than a simple coexistence of not only different but also fenced off from each other minorities and identities.” “Society needs values shared by all, which, of course, include a common language, as well as respect for law and law,” the politician emphasizes.

Talking about the issue of racism, Thierze refers to a book by black journalist Alice Huster entitled “What White People Don’t Want to Hear, But Should Know About Racism.” “Yes, we whites must listen to what we are told. We must pay attention to cases of discrimination. But criticism of the theory of white supremacy should not turn into a myth about a priori guilt of a white man,” the politician warns. According to him, white people painting their faces with black paint (Blackfacing), appropriating someone else’s cultural identity, determined by complexion, as well as bans on certain linguistic expressions lead to the formation of false cultural fronts, insecurity, and the need to defend themselves.