Sweden and Finland signed a memorandum of understanding
During a ceremony in Turku, on 9 July, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the Swedish-Finnish Defence Cooperation. The agreement provides common political guidance for the defence cooperation.
The Memorandum of Understanding sets out a number of areas of cooperation, for example defence and security policy dialogue; training, exercises and education in addition to territorial surveillance and protection of territorial integrity. Further mentioned is access to each other's territory for military forces of the participants, host nation support as well as prerequisites for combined joint military action and operations, including operational and tactical planning and interoperability.
– The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to create continuity, predictability and a long-term perspective for the defence cooperation between Sweden and Finland. This clarifies a common political guidance for the defence cooperation, said Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.