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Fear of Russia Drives Sweden Closer To NATO

…“During the Cold War, there was an old joke about the Nordic countries: ‘Norway has NATO (to shield it), Sweden has Finland, and Finland has a very, very long border with the Soviet Union,’” said Amb. Eric Edelman, counselor at the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. “Even in those days, there was lots of sub-rosa US-Swedish cooperation. Since the Cold War ended, the Finns and Swedes have been involved in lots of close collaboration with NATO….slicing the salami thinner and thinner between membership and non-membership.”…

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