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JEF partner nations express support for Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO applications

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Russia’s war against Ukraine and its consequences were on the agenda when the defence ministers of the ten Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) partner nations met in Oslo on 14–15 June. Sweden was represented by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

The ministers standing up in black suits.
The defence ministers of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) partner nations at the meeting in Oslo. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold, Norwegian Armed Forces

At the meeting in Oslo, the ministers discussed the impact of the war on the security situation in northern Europe and Sweden’s and Finland’s applications for NATO membership.

“The ministers from the other nations expressed strong support for Sweden’s and Finland’s applications to join NATO. They also promised an increased presence in the Baltic Sea region while Sweden and Finland await a decision on NATO membership,” says Mr Hultqvist.

At the meeting, the ministers also discussed support provided or planned by the JEF partner nations to Ukraine, including in the form of defence materiel. They also discussed cooperation over the previous year and future activities within the JEF.

This is the JEF

The Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is a United Kingdom-led framework for a rapid reaction force that can act independently or within the framework of a UN, NATO or EU operation in response to a crisis, with a focus on northern Europe.

The UK took the initiative for the JEF in 2014 and, in addition to the UK, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden participate in the partnership.