Defence Agreement to Deepen Military Ties Between Sweden, Finland, US, but NATO Membership Remains Unlikely

The trilateral statement of intent between Sweden, Finland, and the United States will serve to further deepen defence co-operation between these countries. Russia is unlikely to retaliate unless the agreement opens the road to NATO membership or to the deployment of US forces on Swedish or Finnish territory. The elections in Sweden and Finland in...
  • The trilateral statement of intent between Sweden, Finland, and the United States will serve to further deepen defence co-operation between these countries.
  • Russia is unlikely to retaliate unless the agreement opens the road to NATO membership or to the deployment of US forces on Swedish or Finnish territory.
  • The elections in Sweden and Finland in September 2018 and April 2019 will likely determine the future trajectory of military co-operation between the two Nordic countries and the US and NATO in general.

On 7–10 May, the defence ministers of Sweden and Finland – Peter Hultqvist and Jussi Niinistö – met with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis to discuss defence relations.

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Source: www.janes.com