Finland prepares bilateral defense deal with US – EURACTIV.com

Finland is preparing to enter into a bilateral defense and security agreement with the United States, Foreign Minister Bekka Havisto said on Sunday (8 January).

According to Havisto, the deal is still in its early stages and is unlikely to be finalized for several months.

Last May, Finland concluded a comparative agreement on security guarantees with the United Kingdom. The Finnish government had already announced the start of negotiations for a cooperation agreement with Washington last September.

The agreement should lay the groundwork “Further cooperation if the diplomatic situation warrants”. The minister estimates that the negotiations will take a year or two.

The minister emphasized that America “The most important non-European diplomatic actor in Europe”Particularly active in ensuring the safety of Finland and other parts of the continent.

The US has already signed 17 defense cooperation agreements with European and NATO member states. A transatlantic agreement has also been reached with Norway.

“We have a lot to learn from how Norway is developing its engagement with NATO.”said the new Finnish ambassador in Oslo on Thursday (January 5).

Mr. Havisto was in Salen, Sweden, attending the country’s annual national security conference. “Country and Forces Reichskonferenchen 2023”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Mr. Havisto are the speakers.

The theme of this year’s conference is “EU and NATO in the New European Security Reality”.

The conference will bring together leading politicians, experts, media representatives and international participants from Sweden to discuss current issues in security policy.

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