Wallstrom wants to maintain talks with Putin
Margot Wallstrom thinks a soft approach to the Russian strongarm will pacify Putin, who has stationed troops at the border with Europe, sending terror through Baltic states.
Speaking in the Swedish parliament while presenting a third statement on foreign policy, she said: “We will maintain a political dialogue, take a long-term view, urge Russia to pursue cooperation rather than confrontation, and promote people-to-people contacts. And we will do so without compromising our principles-based stance.”
Margot Wallstrom wants to maintain calm talks with Putin
We will maintain a political dialogue, take a long-term view, urge Russia to pursue cooperation rather than confrontation
Ms Wallstrom has also said that solidarity with other Nordic countries is important following negative Donald Trump comments.
Speaking before the speech in parliament, she said: “The Baltic states, they are really worried and afraid what the Russians might do. That has led to a much closer contact between Nordic and Baltic countries. I don’t think it will disappear.”
The five Nordic countries have been increasing their defence co-operation as they are are concerned about Russia’s intentions following various air attacks.
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During the parliament speech, she said: “Relations with the new US administration remain important for our trade and our security. But the White House’s actions raise questions about the role of the United States in the world.”
A trade envoy from Sweden were forced to abide by Iran’s strict hijab law on a recent trip to the country.
However, during her speech Ms Wallstom only said Sweden’s feminist foreign policy is producing good results for women, girls and societies.
The Foreign Minister told parliament the Swedish government continues to work for the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and plans to appoint a special envoy.
Ms Wallstrom also made it clear that Sweden would not support an attempt by Britain to lower corporate tax levels aggressively after leaving the EU.
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