The Finnish and Swedish defense ministers talk about security, mutual co-operation

On Wednesday, Finland participated in a joint organized by its Nordic neighbor Sweden in the western part of the island of Gotland, the Defense Forces said.

At the same time, the Finnish Minister of Defense (Center) met his Swedish counterpart In , Gotland, to discuss the current security situation and co-operation.

"The intensified security situation underlines the importance of good cooperation and joint training. We take care of our own area," Kaikkonen told ’s correspondent Kirsi Heikel On Gotland.

The defense ministers of both considered the situation very serious.

"It’s startling. has launched its first major offensive in Europe since ." Hultqvist said.

"It is a violent insult to the Ukrainian nation and democracy. It demonstrates the nature of the Russian regime, its unpredictability and its readiness to use force and military violence to achieve political ends," said Hultqvist.

Both Finland and Sweden have made historic decisions on arms exports to Ukraine.

According to the Defense Forces bulletin, the aim of the exercises was to test and develop the interoperability of the countries’ navies and air forces.

Departments of the Finnish Defense Forces as well as warships and air force participated in the exercise. In addition, Minlayyer Uusimaa of the Finnish Coastal Fleet participated in exercises related to operating in an international environment.

Two Hornet fighters also took part in the exercises.

Source: The Nordic Page

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