The decision is understandable, but it’s not without costs, both for Sweden and the wider world, especially in the longer term.
Sandwiched between Russia and NATO ally Norway, both Sweden and Finland have maintained neutrality in global conflicts. That changed in February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine.
This is a transcript of The Conversation Weekly podcast episode published on May 5, 2022.
In this episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast, we also explore the reasons for India’s neutrality over the Ukraine war.
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