US stance on Arctic is ‘dangerous’, says Sweden’s foreign minister

The Financial Times published an article titled, “US stance on Arctic is ‘dangerous’, says Sweden’s foreign minister”. The article reads in part as follows:

Sweden’s foreign minister has lashed out at the US’s “sad and dangerous” approach to the Arctic, warning of a risk to decades of co-operation with the likes of Russia and China in the far north.

Margot Wallstrom told the Financial Times that US president Donald Trump’s offer to buy the Arctic island of Greenland from Denmark “sounded like a joke” and “was a shock”.

But Sweden’s centre-left foreign minister for the past five years reserved her strongest words for how the US had approached the Arctic Council, the intergovernmental group that discusses regional issues. Diplomats say the council is a rare forum where the west and Russia have engaged with each other since the latter’s annexation of Crimea.

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