Finland and Sweden lay groundwork for crisis co-operation
The Finnish Defence Forces and the Swedish Armed Forces have proposed that Finland and Sweden expand the scope of their military co-operation to include crises and conflicts. The proposal would lay the groundwork for a possible defence pact or military alliance if the necessary political will is forthcoming, Carl Haglund (SFP), the Minister of Defence, estimated in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat on Tuesday.
Haglund and his Swedish counterpart, Peter Hultqvist, unveiled a report on developing defence co-operation between Finland and Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday.
The non-confidential version of the report is roughly ten pages and the confidential over one hundred pages in length. The sections omitted from the public version consist of primarily technical details, military personnel assured on Tuesday.