Swedish newspaper: Sweden and Finland participated in a secret meeting on NATO membership

Mikael DambergPhoto: Henrik Montgomery / TT / NTB
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A Swedish delegation traveled to Finland last week to hold a meeting with the neighboring country on a possible future NATO membership.

Minister of Finance Mikael Damberg and several Swedish business leaders, among them the banker Jacob Wallenberg, met President Sauli Niinistö and Finnish business leaders in Helsinki, the newspaper Expressen writes. Senior military leaders are also said to have attended the meeting.

According to the newspaper, the purpose of the meeting was to signal that Sweden should follow Finland into NATO if Finland decided to do so.

It noted that Sweden’s ability to attract foreign capital “can be negatively affected” if they are the only country in Northern Europe outside NATO.

The Swedish Social Democrats “are traditionally responsive to wishes that come from the business community, not least the Wallenberg sphere,” sources with knowledge of the matter told Expressen.

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