Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson expects Russia to launch a cyberattack against her country in response to its recent push to join NATO, The Hill reports.
Andersson said at a press conference on Sunday that Sweden's ruling party, the Social Democratic Party, "has concluded that Sweden should join NATO."
The prime minister, whose party opposed joining NATO for decades, addressed the reversal by saying, "our 200-year-long standing policy of military non-alignment has served Sweden well, but the question at hand is whether military non-alignment will keep serving us well."
In response to a question about Russia, Andersson later said: "What kind of retaliation there can be? That's up to Russia and President [Vladimir] Putin."
She added, "There could be the possibility of cyberattacks, hybrid attacks and other measures, but it's all up to them."
The prime minister said that Sweden's move to join NATO is "not something against Russia, but it is what we think is best for us."
Sweden officially announced the following day that it was applying for membership in NATO following a "security analysis" made about one week after Finland made a similar announcement.
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