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Sweden attends first NATO Summit as member of the defence Alliance


On 9–11 July, NATO’s 32 member countries are gathering for the NATO Summit in Washington DC. Sweden is represented by Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and Minister for Defence Pål Jonson. The Summit is the first one Sweden is attending as a full member of the defence Alliance.

“Sweden is now fully participating in NATO. As a member, Sweden is more secure. By virtue of our geostrategic position and military expertise, we contribute to making NATO stronger, the development in our neighbourhood more predictable, and our neighbouring countries more secure,” says Mr Kristersson.  

At the Summit, leaders will discuss the further development of NATO’s deterrence and defence. Following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO member countries have undertaken the largest rearmament in modern times to strengthen the Alliance’s collective capabilities on land, at sea and in the air.

The Summit is also about partnership cooperation and the Alliance’s long-term support to Ukraine.

“Sweden fully supports the Alliance’s statements that Ukraine’s future lies in NATO. For us, it is clear that support to Ukraine is the defining issue of our time and that our support will continue for as long as it is needed,” says Mr Kristersson.  

In connection with the Summit, NATO’s 75-year anniversary is also being recognised.

Press contact

Tom Samuelsson
Press Secretary to Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 76 131 82 01
email to Tom Samuelsson
Anna Erhardt
Press Secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 76 130 85 34
email to Anna Erhardt
Johan Hjelmstrand
Press Secretary to Minister for Defence Pål Jonson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 76 126 69 22
email to Johan Hjelmstrand

About the Summit in Washington DC on 9–11 July

For more information about the Summit, visit NATO’s website. Images and video material from the Summit will also be published on the website as they become available.

About the North Atlantic Council (NAC)

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is the principal decision-making body within NATO. For the NAC’s day-to-day work, member countries are represented by their Ambassadors to NATO. The NAC meets a number of times per year, with meetings of defence ministers, foreign ministers and heads of government or state. There is usually one Summit per year. The Summit is chaired by the NATO Secretary General, who chairs the North Atlantic Council.