Minister on defence needs

With tensions running high in the Baltic and Nordic regions, Sweden cannot transfer surplus defence equipment to other countries in the same way as it has done in the past, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has told business daily Dagens Industri (DI).

“I am not prepared to jeopardise Sweden’s needs or its defence capability in any way,” he said.

The minister, who was recently in India to discuss the country’s interest in the Gripen fighter jet, has also told the paper that the Swedish government is prepared to support Saab, and to reach government to government agreements with India.