Peter Hultqvist

Peter Hultqvist, Minister for Defence

Minister for Defence

Ministry of Defence

“Defence policy must be based on responsibility for Sweden. This involves asserting our sovereignty, our democratic social order and the right to determine our own future.”

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  • Statement by the Nordic Ministers of Defence regarding the situation in and near Ukraine

    The Nordic flags waving in the wind.
    Flags of the Nordic countries. Photo: Johannes Jansson/Creative Commons

    The Nordic Ministers of Defence met virtually on 21 January to discuss the deteriorating situation in and around Ukraine. The ministers monitor the security situation in Ukraine closely, and continue to consult with each other through the NORDEFCO Crisis Consultation Mechanism.

  • Serious security policy situation in focus at informal meeting of EU defence ministers

    Florence Parly and Peter Hultqvist standing next to each other, Parly is to the left.  In the background the French and the Swedish flags.
    Minister for the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly and Minister for Defence of Sweden Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Ministry of Defence of Sweden

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the informal meeting of EU defence ministers in Brest, France on 12–13 January. The meeting was dominated by the serious security policy situation, with focus on the situation in and around Ukraine.

Peter Hultqvist and Oleksii Reznikov in suits in front of microphones at a press conference.
During his visit to Sweden, Oleksii Reznikov (left) held a press conference with Peter Hultqvist (right). Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

New agreement on defence cooperation signed during Ukrainian defence minister’s visit to Sweden

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist received Ukraine’s Minister of Defence, Oleksii Reznikov, on a visit on 15 December 2021. The two ministers signed a new agreement on defence cooperation between the countries and held a joint press briefing.

Peter Hultqvist and Ben Wallace on a podium.
Press conference with Peter Hultqvist and Ben Wallace. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Bilateral talks on regional security and visit in subarctic environment when UK Secretary of State for Defence visited Sweden

Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Ben Wallace held a joint press briefing in connection with Secretary Wallace’s visit to Sweden on 9-10 December, which included a visit to Norrland Dragoon Regiment in Arvidsjaur (K4) and bilateral meetings in Stockholm.

The participating ministers standing outside in front of a ship.
Peter Hultqvist with his Nordic colleagues. Photo: Emma Virkkunen, Finnish Ministry of Defence

Nordic Defence Cooperation meeting in Finland

On 9 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) ministerial meeting. The meeting in Kirkkonummi, Finland was hosted by Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen in conjunction with the Finnish NORDEFCO chairmanship in 2021.

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Photo: The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU

Strategic Compass on the agenda at the EU Foreign Affairs Council

On 15–16 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). The Ministers discussed EU training missions and met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a ministerial lunch. In a joint meeting with the Ministers for Foreign Affairs on 15 November the first draft of the EU Strategic Compass was discussed.

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