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Team next year: Sweden and Finland may defend each other

– this is the largest Finnish contingent we've had in any drill, " says minister for defence Peter Hultqvist (S) to DN from Helsinki. Where was he on Friday consultations with the president of finland, Sauli Niinistö, and minister of defense Jussi Niinistö.

The great Swedish arméövningen Northern Winds are kept in the eastern Norrbotten the 18-27 march. The 1,500 finns and 3.000 swedes form a brigade with 4,500 in the military. Övningsfienden will be the Norwegian Brigade Nord with 4.500 soldiers, including troops from the united kingdom and the united states.

– When it comes to the Swedish-Finnish relationship is a solid proof of how the defence cooperation is extended step by step. The signals on the Finnish side is that we should continue on the path we have chosen, " says the secretary of defense.

a law that makes it possible for Finland and Sweden defend each other.

" We expect to add a bill to the riksdag in June, and that the law can enter into force as from 1 January 2020. Then you can faster make decisions, and in a crisis situation be able to assist each other, " says Peter Hultqvist.

the Bill is based on an investigation from april 2018. After the decisions of the government should be able to assist each other militarily in, for example, anti-submarine warfare. To send Swedish troops to Finland to meet an attack requires the approval of parliament.

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