In a new development, a new agreement on military cooperation in the Baltic Sea has been announced by the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. According to reports, the three nations have decided to share satellite images and radar data while working together to monitor the region around the sea. The move has been promoted as a way to stop “hostile” and “unacceptable behavior” from Russia, which reportedly often violates the region by sending military aircraft and warships. At the same time, Denmark has also decided to send liaison officers to both Sweden and Norway in addition to other measures to achieve stronger cooperation.
The agreement was symbolically presented by the defense ministers of the Nordic nations in front of a Swedish patrol vessel in the Swedish port of Malmö. This was done shortly after Swedish and Danish warplanes flew over in joint formation on Wednesday. “We know what is going on in our waters,” Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskov told Danmarks Radio, according to Sputnik. He made this statement while referring to violations of Danish waters and airspace since Russia launched a full-fledged war in Ukraine on February 24.
Denmark accuses Russia of encroaching on its territorial waters
Minister Bodskov also mentioned several other incidents, including the alleged intrusion of a Russian vessel into Danish territorial waters near Bornholm Island on June 17. “You don’t do that by mistake, and it is of course completely unacceptable,” the Danish minister added. At the same time, Sweden’s Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist emphasized that the agreement has brought the three nations “closer” and demonstrated their ability to take responsibility in this part of the world.
Sweden & Finland used “Russian threat” to join NATO
Notably, Sweden and Finland have already used the alleged “Russian threat” as justification for ending their long-standing policy of non-alignment and applying to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Both countries also noted a change in the security environment in Europe as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Russian Federation has vehemently opposed their bid to join the intergovernmental alliance and also warned of “serious consequences”. At the same time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has praised the two Nordic countries for their decision to join the alliance.
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