On November 22-23 Vice Minister of National Defence Žilvinas Tomkus attended the Nordic-Baltic Defence ministers’ meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, where the regional security situation was addressed, as well as strengthening of critical infrastructure protection, assistance to Ukraine and priorities in implementing the NATO security and defence policy.
Participants of the meeting focussed extensively on directions of further cooperation between their countries, including regional air defence, better regional maritime situation awareness. The importance of assistance to Ukraine via capability coalitions was underscored and more intense cyber cooperation invited.
“The Baltic-Nordic defence cooperation has been developed successfully but we mustn’t stop. The Finnish and the prospective Swedish NATO accession will bring even closer together, we wish to use the momentum efficiently so we are proposing areas to step up in together to our regional Allies,” said Ž. Tomkus.
The Nordic-Baltic (NB8) is an informal format of cooperation between Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.