War with Russia would be the end of the Swedish nation, said ex-Ambassador of Sweden

MOSCOW, 18 Jul — RIA Novosti. Former Ambassador of Sweden in Russia Sven Hirdman in his article published in the newspaper Vestmanlands Läns Tidning, called for increasing the level of trust between the Russian and Swedish societies.

The diplomat said that in Sweden it is widely believed that Russia is an aggressive power threatening its neighbours. Hirdman, calls this point of view is incorrect. It also indicates that statements about the “Russian threat” quite dangerous as they change the friendly attitude of Russia to Sweden.

The former Ambassador also expressed the view that the armed conflict with Russia will have catastrophic consequences for all parties involved. In particular, Hirdman emphasizes that war with Russia would lead to the end of the Swedish nation.

In this regard, the diplomat urged to increase the level of trust between Moscow and Stockholm. He also warned the Swedish authorities from the Russian boycott in connection with alleged violations of international law over Crimea and Ukraine.

“We (Sweden — Approx.ed.) you need to take all possible measures to reduce the level of tension between the great powers, and not to contribute to its strengthening, following in the Wake of US foreign policy”, — concluded the diplomat.

Sven Hirdman was the head of the Swedish diplomatic mission in Russia in the period from 1994 to 2004.