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Majority of Swedes did not want to send weapons to Ukraine

Only 39 percent of Swedes wanted Sweden to assist Ukraine with weapons, when Sifo conducted an opinion poll on 25 February. A narrow majority, 51 percent, wanted Sweden to help with financial assistance. Nevertheless, the Riksdag voted to send weapons to Ukraine.

Published: March 8, 2022, 4:07 am

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    Following Russia’s operation in Ukraine, Sifo conducted an opinion poll on 25 February on how Swedes view Ukraine in various ways. It showed that only 39 percent of Swedes wanted Sweden to assist Ukraine with weapons. A narrow majority, 51 percent, wanted Sweden to help with financial assistance.

    Support for deploying military forces is as low as 13 percent. Despite the relatively low support for assisting Ukraine with weapons, an almost unanimous parliament chose to approve the historic decision to send 5000 armour-piercing launchers. In the past, Sweden had chosen to be neutral in armed conflicts and not export weapons to warring countries.

    The Left Party was divided on the issue. While party leader Nooshi Dadgostar wanted to go along with the government, the party board said no because such a decision would run counter to the party’s program of principles. After that, the party quickly made a new decision in principle that the party supports arms exports also to countries at war, which means that the party may approve more arms deliveries to Ukraine in the future.

    Although the Left Party represented the majority of the people in its decision not to support arms exports, they received harsh criticism from the establishment for their stance. Johan Forssell, legal policy spokesman for the Moderates, called the party “Putin’s useful idiots” and said that they “are once again on the wrong side of history”.


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