In an interview with Dagens Industri, Viktor Tatarintsev, Russia's ambassador to Sweden, says that the Society and Defence (Folk och Försvar) conference held in Sälen each year has turned into a competition as to "who can criticise Russia" the most.
Russia has lobbied to take part in the conference, at which NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg is to speak, but to no avail. "If NATO is there, then Russia should be there as well. If Sweden is non-aligned then it should ensure that the balance is maintained," he comments.
The ambassador then dismisses the surmise put forward by the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service, MUST, that Russia poses a threat to the Swedish general election, which will be held in September, guaranteeing that Russia will not exert any influence.
Despite the fact that trade has increased between Russia and Sweden, the ambassador is disappointed that his country has been removed from the Swedish list of prioritised countries, saying, "many trade opportunities are not being exploited". He also points out that there is much to won through talks, even in the military field, saying: "If we don't talk to each other, how can we avoid disasters that can lead to real war".
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