[…] The bilateral relationship between Georgia and Sweden was established already in 1918 and in that same year the first Georgian embassy opened in Stockholm. The bilateral relationship in the area of defence reaches back to 2009.
In 2008 Georgia experienced the Russian invasion. Let me start by pointing to the fact that this was the first serious attack on the European security order after the end of the cold war.
Six years later came the illegal Russian annexation of Crimea and the Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine. For Sweden the rule-based European security order is of fundamental interest. The right of every country to make its own foreign and security policy decisions without veto from other states is a cornerstone of this order.
My visit yesterday to Ukraine and today to Georgia is important, not the least because we want to show our support for the two countries that have suffered from Russian aggression. Läs talet
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