Sweden’s defence minister faced a barrage of criticism on Wednesday after she said it was “enough” for Sweden only to be able to defend itself militarily for a week if it came under attack.
Sverker Göransson, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, recently said that Sweden’s scaled backed military leaves the country vulnerable. Sweden, he claimed, could only defend itself for one week if it came under attack. Defence Minister Karin Enström responded that the level of preparedness was appropriate given the credibility of an attack. […]
Her statements were not welcomed by some of her colleagues. Allan Widman, military spokesperson for the government-coalition partner Liberal Party (Folkpartiet), was among her critics on Wednesday. “I think a neutral country must have higher ambitions than this irrespective of the current situation,” he told the TT news agency.
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