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Zelensky visits royal family and government in Sweden for talks 



Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky . (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP)


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced a visit to Sweden on Saturday, saying he had arrived in the Scandinavian country for talks with the government, political parties, and the Swedish royal family.

The visit comes almost a year and a half into the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Stockholm is set on joining NATO, like its neighbor Finland.

“Olena and I arrived in Sweden,” Zelensky said on social media, referring to his wife. He said he will hold talks focused on “partnership, defence cooperation, EU integration, and common Euro-Atlantic security.”

“I thank all Swedes who support Ukraine.”

Shortly after the start of Russia’s invasion in February 2022, Sweden broke with its doctrine of not delivering weapons to countries at war, pledging thousands of AT4 anti-tank weapons.

Last month, Turkey dropped its opposition to Sweden entering NATO, greenlighting Stockholm’s accession aspirations.

Moscow has said that Sweden joining NATO would threaten Russia’s security and said it was planning countermeasures.

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