OREANDA-NEWS The Swedish Cabinet opposed holding a referendum on the country's membership in the NATO bloc. This was stated by Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Foreign Minister Anne Linde. According to Anderson, quoted by TASS, citizens who voted in the elections four years ago for freedom from military alliances are confident that the Social Democrats party is doing this for the sake of the country's security.

«I think this is a bad proposal for a number of reasons, I don't think this issue can be put to a referendum. <...> There is a lot of information related to state security and classified. That is, there are a number of issues that cannot be discussed», the head of the Swedish Cabinet said.

Earlier it was reported that Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said that the country opposes the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO. The Head of State said that the accession of the Scandinavian states to the Alliance should be postponed until the issues in the Balkans are fully resolved. Sweden and Finland intend to join NATO this summer. Helsinki will be the first to apply for membership in the Alliance in June. NATO believes that Sweden and Finland will expand the Alliance's capabilities, primarily in the field of intelligence gathering.