February 20, 2015

Finnish and Swedish Defence Cooperation Has Deterrent Effect, but Not as Much as NATO Membership

International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) research fellow Riina Kaljurand said in an interview with Estonian Public Broadcasting that Finland and Sweden’s plan to intensify defence cooperation in wartime situations includes a role in defending Estonia, but the only guarantee for Estonia’s security – and theirs – is NATO membership.

International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) research fellow Riina Kaljurand said in an interview with Estonian Public Broadcasting that Finland and Sweden’s plan to intensify defence cooperation in wartime situations includes a role in defending Estonia, but the only guarantee for Estonia’s security – and theirs – is NATO membership.

How do you see the plan on the part of Finland and Sweden to create a joint defence cooperation plan for crises?
Historically, this is undoubtedly the farthest-reaching defence cooperation plan that Finland and Sweden have had to show. It calls for practically joint defence planning and joint resource planning and a very strong and lasting political will to make the plan a reality. Joint units and joint training are planned, but political consent from both sides will be necessary for the use of military units.
In short, it’s an attempt to improve the interoperability of the defensive capabilities of Finland and Sweden and foster more mutual trust. Above all, the cooperation plan is oriented at peacetime but whereas up to now the joint Nordic crisis control scenarios have been limited to preparing for natural disasters, now the plan also includes readiness for a wartime situation.
Read more: ERR (EST)

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