today, we have an agreement that the unarmed aircraft, if they need it, could land at the nearest base in a neighbouring country. The next step is to 2019 go ahead so that we can use this for armed aircraft in crises and conflicts, " explains the Norwegian minister of defence Frank Bakke-Jenssen for DN.
he and three other nordic ministers of defence People and Defence national conference in Sälen. The theme was the nordic defence cooperation Nordefco, which this year celebrates its 10th year and is led by Sweden in 2019.
today, The practice is Norway's, Sweden's and Finland's air force regularly with each other across the Arctic, through the so-called cross-border-training. It means that stridsflygarna lift from their hemmabaser to meet in dogfight against each other in the air and then go back and land in their home countries.
the minister of defence Jussi Niinistö, the commission now proposes to also army units to carry out regular exercises together. Finland can - as he pointed out - mobilize the largest army in Northern europe.
retains its comprehensive territorial defence built on conscription. It raised questions from the outside world about why you held on to it, but today, wonder no longer, " stated Niinistö.
" We have many questions about Russia's intentions, stated Niinistö. He saw no immediate angreppshot, but pointed out that it is not possible to exclude the strategic överraskningsangrepp. And in a larger conflict would also Finland will be affected.
" And if something were to happen in Sweden - then we will, promised Niinistö.
Sweden and Finland are both outside of Nato but developing a closer cooperation which also opens to help each other militarily in times of crisis or war.
Denmark's defence secretary Claus Hjort Fredriksen stressed that the threat today is more complex than the previous by cyber-attacks and disinformation.
– We have all devoted ourselves to spy on each other. But Russia is not content to spy but are out to cause harm, he said. The flow of false news makes it increasingly difficult to distinguish truth from lies, a way to undermine the democracies.