Prime Minister Boris Johnson visiting Sweden and Finland at the moment to fortify European safety
Nations to signal mutual safety assurances with the UK to sort out conventional, hybrid and cyber threats
Safety declarations will see a step-change in defence and safety cooperation, together with the sharing of recent intelligence and joint navy operations
The Prime Minister is signing historic declarations with Sweden and Finland at the moment to strengthen their safety and fortify northern Europe’s defences, within the face of renewed threats.
As fellow liberal democracies, and members of the Joint Expeditionary Pressure, each nations are already very important safety companions in Northern Europe, with world-leading defence capabilities and cutting-edge know-how growth.
Visiting Harpsund, the Swedish Prime Minister’s nation residence, and Helsinki, the Prime Minister will set out the UK’s intention to assist the 2 nations’ armed forces ought to both face disaster or come underneath assault.
This morning the Prime Minister signed mutual safety assurances with Prime Minister Andersson in Sweden, and this afternoon he’ll journey to Finland to signal an analogous safety declaration with President Niinistö.
The declarations will see a step-change in defence and safety cooperation between the UK and every nation, intensifying intelligence sharing, accelerating joint navy coaching, exercising and deployments, and bolstering safety throughout all three international locations and northern Europe.
They will even see the UK bolster its collaboration on conventional threats dealing with all three nations, whereas working additionally with Sweden and Finland to sort out new geopolitical challenges, comparable to hybrid and cyber threats.
The Prime Minister will even clarify the UK’s unwavering assist for NATO’s open door coverage through the go to.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated:
We’re steadfast and unequivocal in our assist to each Sweden and Finland and the signing of those safety declarations is an emblem of the eternal assurance between our nations.
These will not be a brief time period cease hole, however a long run dedication to bolster navy ties and world stability, and fortify Europe’s defences for generations to come back.
The declarations signed at the moment will permit the UK to cooperate with key Nordic companions and their armed forces, in all domains, together with our on-line world. They will even permit for nearer collaboration on new know-how and intelligence gathering.
As a part of elevated defence cooperation with Sweden and Finland, the Prime Minister will provide to extend deployments to the area, together with with Royal Air Pressure, British Military and Royal Navy property and personnel.
Each Sweden and Finland have performed a key position in supporting Ukraine to defend itself in current weeks and months, whereas British, Swedish and Finnish forces have exercised collectively throughout the Excessive North and the Baltics.
Each nations are a part of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Pressure taskforce, which brings collectively 10 international locations in assist of stability and safety within the North Atlantic, Baltic Sea Area and the Excessive North. The assurances made at the moment construct on the already shut ties of that defence grouping.
At this time’s go to comes after the Prime Minister welcomed the Swedish and Finnish leaders to Downing Avenue in March to debate nearer safety and defence ties.