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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Peter Hultqvist and Antti Kaikkonen sitting next to each other and write their names  on some paper.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding on host country support. Photo: Ulrika Langels/Ministry of Defence

Sweden and Finland enhance defence cooperation

At a meeting in Reykjavik on 7 June, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding on host country support. The memorandum of understanding enhances the capacity of the two countries to act together in times of peace, crisis and war.

Peter Hultqvist and Jaroslav Naď stands infront of a Swedish flag and a Slovak flag
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and his Slovak counterpart, Jaroslav Naď. Photo: Samuel Guron

Peter Hultqvist took part in Bratislava Forum

On 3 June, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in a panel discussion at the Bratislava Forum security conference. In connection with this, he also had a bilateral meeting with his Slovak counterpart, Jaroslav Naď.

Peter Hultqvist and Lloyd Austin standing outside surrounded by soldiers and a Swedish flag.
Peter Hultqvist and Lloyd Austin at the meeting in Washington DC. Photo: Toni Eriksson/Government Offices of Sweden

US Secretary of Defence expressed strong support for Sweden’s NATO application

On 18 May, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin in Washington DC to discuss Sweden’s application for NATO membership and the security environment in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Peter Hultqvist and Ann Linde standing inside in front of a podium.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presenting the results of the deliberations on the changed security environment following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Result of security policy discussions presented on 13 May

On 16 March 2022, the Government decided to set up a working group to deliberate on the changed security environment following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde led the deliberations. Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist also took part.

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