Sweden eyes closer US defence ties as NATO talks drag on

SpaceWar.com reports: “Sweden said Monday it had launched talks with the United States about deepening defence collaboration as Turkey continues to block the Nordic country’s NATO membership.

Sweden’s defence ministry said that the two nations were negotiating a deal for ‘even closer cooperation with the United States both bilaterally and within the framework of NATO’.

Exactly what the so-called Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) will cover is being negotiated ‘but it makes it easier for American troops to operate in Sweden,’ Defence Minister Pal Jonson said in a written statement to AFP.

‘It could entail storage of military supplies, investments in infrastructure to enable support and the legal status of American troops in Sweden,’ Jonson said.

‘The negotiations are started because Sweden is on its way of becoming an ally of the United States, through the NATO membership,’ the minister added…”

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