The 8 August, met Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, Danish Defense Minister Morten Bødskov and Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram in Malmö. They discussed deepened cooperation between the three countries to contribute to security and stability in the Baltic Sea region.
The security policy situation in the region has greatly deteriorated with Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
- We need to be prepared and equipped to be able to act together in peace, crisis and conflict. A strengthened cooperation between Sweden, Denmark and Norway are important, says Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.
I september 2021 signed Denmark, Norway and Sweden a joint declaration of intent on deepened operational defense cooperation.
I april 2022 the government decided that the Armed Forces, together with the Danish and Norwegian equivalent, would establish a military coordination group for this.
When Peter Hultqvist met his colleagues from Denmark and Norway in Malmö, the three ministers discussed how the cooperation can be further deepened, and what Swedish NATO membership can mean.
- Being able to carry out coordinated military operations gives an opportunity to have control over the southern Baltic Sea, Baltic Sea inlet and in the North Sea and take responsibility in a crisis situation. Being able to do so is a vital common interest for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, says Peter Hultqvist.