Lavrov claimed that Sweden is acting under the influence of the U.S. and is participating in military exercises aimed at Russia. He also criticized Sweden for allowing U.S. military bases on its soil, which he sees as a direct threat to Russian security.
Swedish officials have not yet responded to Lavrov’s accusations. However, the country has previously stated that it maintains a policy of non-alignment and has no U.S. military bases on its territory.
The Bigger Picture
This is not the first time Russia has expressed its displeasure with Sweden.
The two countries have had strained relations for years, particularly since Sweden has been considering joining NATO, a move that Russia strongly opposes.