UK-Sweden Political Declaration of Solidarity


HARPSUND, 11 MAY 2022

We, the Prime Ministers of the UK of Nice Britain and Northern Eire and the Kingdom of Sweden, affirm our shared want for nearer, stronger defence and safety cooperation, to strengthen our key strategic partnership.

A SHARED VIEW ON CHALLENGES AND THREATS

The UK and Sweden share the identical values and understanding of safety challenges, each in Europe and globally. Each nations are dedicated to working collectively to deal with these challenges and strengthen defence and safety cooperation and solidarity in Europe.

So as to preserve the standing and integrity of the European safety order, the UK and Sweden are resolved to defend its rules, reject makes an attempt to undermine or reshape it, and demand accountability for violations towards it. Navy aggression to vary the borders of Europe must not ever be accepted. Likewise, makes an attempt to problem the norms, and undermine cooperative fora and establishments that represent the muse of European safety have to be firmly resisted.

The UK and Sweden recognise that regional and international challenges are finest addressed by performing collectively. In an period of heightened geopolitical competitors on a worldwide scale, not solely when it comes to navy energy but in addition of political affect, strategic applied sciences and financial relations, we intend to defend frequent pursuits and a rules-based worldwide order.

Each nations recognise that the worldwide safety atmosphere is affected by hybrid threats, cyber-attacks, organised crime and cross-border terrorism, in addition to the results of local weather change on peace and safety. The UK and Sweden will act collectively to satisfy such challenges and threats.

The UK and Sweden share the identical safety atmosphere in Northern Europe. We face frequent challenges referring to the deteriorating safety scenario, attributable to Russia’s aggressive actions. We have now a joint curiosity in a detailed political dialogue and sensible cooperation between NATO and Sweden.

The UK and Sweden recognise that unity of goal and motion stay our best asset in relation to Russia. The coordinated responses of the worldwide group have proven Russia that malign motion comes at a value. Each nations will uphold and coordinate our principled positions associated to Russia’s destructive behaviour. Collectively, we should deal with the challenges arising from Russia’s actions, wherever they happen.

SECURITY AND DEFENCE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND SWEDEN

The UK and Sweden have a robust custom of cooperating to deal with frequent challenges in Northern Europe and globally. This consists of hybrid threats and cyber safety in addition to working collectively in worldwide disaster administration operations. The robust relationship between our respective Armed Forces and Defence Ministries is based on the Assertion of Intent from 2014 and the Programme of Defence Cooperation from 2016. Our bilateral defence cooperation additionally builds on three Memoranda of Understanding masking Defence Materiel Cooperation, the Conduct of Workouts, Coaching and Built-in Check and Analysis Actions and the Provision of Host Nation Help, and Future Fight Air Techniques’ Cooperation. Our deep defence cooperation covers an intensive vary of actions, from worldwide operations to defence analysis. We additionally cooperate extensively in multilateral codecs together with the UN, the Council of Europe and the OSCE, by way of Sweden’s Enhanced Alternatives’ Partnership with NATO, and the Joint Expeditionary Pressure (JEF) and the Northern Group.

Each nations recognise the necessity to repeatedly develop their defence and safety cooperation. In these efforts, we must always construct on present cooperation and work collectively to additional develop our capabilities. New initiatives to enhance our interoperability and additional strengthen our partnership can be explored.

On the premise of solidarity, values and geographical proximity, the UK and Sweden will meet challenges in peace, disaster and battle collectively. Ought to both nation endure a catastrophe or assault, the UK and Sweden will, upon request from the affected nation help one another in quite a lot of methods, which can embrace navy means. Such an intensified cooperation will stay absolutely in line in with every nation’s safety and defence coverage and is designed to enrich not exchange present European and Euro-Atlantic cooperation.

FUTURE BILATERAL SECURITY POLICY DIALOGUE

Common bilateral consultations on safety coverage points serve an necessary function in deepening the dialogue between the UK and Sweden. The UK and Sweden and can meet frequently in a 2+2 format on the stage of Political Director (MFA) and Defence Coverage Director (MOD) to debate safety coverage points.

This doc is a political declaration and never a legally binding dedication underneath worldwide regulation.



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