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Sweden hits deadlock over new defence spending plans

26th June 2020 - 10:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Cross party political talks in Sweden addressing future defence funding have collapsed, following disagreement over whether additional money should be approved.

The Swedish government will not commit to any extra funding for the 2026-2030 period until the economic impact of COVID-19 can be better assessed, despite opposition parties pushing for up to SEK5 billion ($536 million) per year more.

Negotiations on the matter had been in motion for a number of months ahead of the forthcoming Defence Bill, set to be presented to parliament in September by Peter Hultqvist, Sweden’s minister of defence, but talks are now on hold.

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