“Sweden’s accession to NATO will strengthen the organization” and “means that Sweden will contribute to the security of NATO as a whole, in a spirit of solidarity”. And “Italy is a precious partner for Sweden in the NATO sphere”. This is how the Deputy Head of Mission of the Swedish Embassy in Rome, Niklas Wiberg, answers Adnkronos’ questions and insists on “already strong cooperation” with Italy, “both bilaterally and within the EU”. In the aftermath of what is an epochal change for his country, with the “NATO member countries that have decided to invite Finland and Sweden to become members of the Alliance”, Wiberg underlines how “Sweden’s request for NATO membership “- more than four months have passed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine – is” based on an independent and democratic decision “. On the other hand, there is no comment on the memorandum of understanding with Turkey (and Finland) that allowed the veto of Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be overcome.