Nordic ministers reach agreement to boost security and defence cooperation

12 November 2015 (Last Updated November 12th, 2015 18:30)

The defence ministers of Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) countries have approved Lithuania's and Sweden's proposals to boost security and defence cooperation.

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The defence ministers of Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) countries have approved Lithuania's and Sweden's proposals to boost security and defence cooperation.

The eight countries include Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The proposals seek to bolster cooperation in areas including hybrid warfare, cyber security, joint exercises and operations, updates and procurement of weaponry, and rendering assistance to Georgia and Ukraine under the Nordic-Baltic Assistance Programme.

The ministers also discussed Northern Europe's security situation, and assistance to Ukraine.

Lithuania Minister of National Defence J. Olekas said: "The changed security situation encourages intensified Nordic-Baltic cooperation. I am confident that the proposals Lithuania and Sweden have prepared will facilitate a more intense dialogue and emergence of practical arrangements, both aimed to strengthen and expand the Nordic-Baltic defence cooperation."

"The changed security situation encourages intensified Nordic-Baltic cooperation."

The proposals highlighted strengthening cooperation between Nato and partner countries through joint exercises, enhanced information sharing, and providing opportunities for partner countries to fill more Nato headquarters positions.

NB8 defence ministers discussed cooperation in regards to ongoing and potential international operations.

On a separate note, the meeting also discussed Lithuanian-Norwegian air-defence cooperation.

Scheduled NB8 meetings are held between the Baltic and Nordic countries' heads, representatives and government officials to discuss and review regional issues, as well as current international operations.


Image: Representatives from countries including Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photo: courtesy of Forsvarsdepartementet/ Ministry Of National Defence Republic Of Lithuania.