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Peter Hultqvist met Denmark’s Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen

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On 22 May, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met Denmark’s Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen in Copenhagen. During their meeting the ministers discussed bilateral defence cooperation, regional security and multilateral cooperation.

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist greet Denmark’s Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met Denmark’s Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen in Copenhagen. Photo: Ministry of Defence Denmark

Cooperation between Sweden and Denmark

In January 2016, Sweden and Denmark signed a memorandum of understanding on enhanced defence cooperation within the air and maritime domains. During the meeting in Copenhagen, the ministers received an update on the status of implementing this cooperation, which aims at achieving synergetic and increased operational effect between our air forces and navies in peacetime air operations.

In preparation of the meeting, the armed forces of the two countries signed an agreement on air force cooperation. In brief, the agreement means streamlined access for military state aircraft, such as combat aircraft and state aircraft, for overflights of each other's territories. This includes overflights regarding air policing and Quick Reaction Alert (QRA).

From an air force perspective, the cooperation provides Denmark with added value by speeding up access to areas of operations in the Baltic Sea. For Swedish military combat aircraft, the agreement speeds up access to Danish territory and will offer increased flexibility and operational freedom of action Moreover, interoperability between the air forces of Denmark and Sweden will increase through the establishment of standard operating procedures for overflights.

"Enhanced Swedish–Danish cooperation strengthens our national defence and the capability to conduct air operations in our vicinity," said Mr Hultqvist.

At the meeting, the ministers also agreed on further developing bilateral cooperation in the maritime domain, for example regarding alternative marine deployment and exchange of information. Discussions on how expanded maritime cooperation could be best implemented continue at military level.

Issues concerning regional security

During the meeting the ministers discussed the security situation in the Baltic Sea and Öresund region. The discussion also touched upon cyber defence, as well as psychological defence and measures to counteract influence operations and disinformation.

Multilateral cooperation

The ministers also discussed multilateral defence cooperation within the framework of NORDEFCO, the Northern Group, the Joint Expeditionary Force, as well as international operations.