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Focus on the situation in and around Ukraine as Peter Hultqvist took part in NATO’s defence ministers meeting

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Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels on 17 February. During the meeting, Mr Hultqvist attended a special session on cooperation between the EU and NATO at which attendees also discussed the situation in and around Ukraine.

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Left to right: Antti Kaikkonen (Minister of Defence of Finland), with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Peter Hultqvist (Minister for Defence of Sweden). Photo: NATO

Mr Hultqvist, along with Finland’s Minister for Defence Antti Kaikkonen and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, took part in the session on cooperation between the EU and NATO.

The main focus of the session was the situation in and around Ukraine and the deteriorating security situation that arose after Russia’s military escalation. The ministers, the EU High Representative and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also discussed how the EU and NATO and their members can cooperate further by supporting each other’s efforts in managing the deteriorating security situation.

“The situation in and around Ukraine is serious and a clear threat to the European security order. Together with our partners in both Europe and North America, we are working to maintain and defend the European security order, in which cooperation between the EU and NATO is crucial,” says Mr Hultqvist.

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Sweden, like Finland, has been a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner since 2014.