Sweden will step up cooperations but will not join NATO, says defence minister in Vilnius

Sweden will enhance its military capacities and seek closer cooperation with NATO in response to Russia's increased military activity in the Baltic Sea. However, the country does not plan to join the Alliance, Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said in Vilnius on Friday.
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