29 Nov '14, 4pm

Nordic-Baltic States To Deepen Cooperation

Nordic-Baltic States To Deepen Cooperation

HELSINKI — The governments of the Nordic and Baltic states have approved a new plan to deepen both defense cooperation and readiness between the militaries of the seven NATO and non-aligned nations. The intensified collaboration is happening against the backdrop of escalating regional tensions over Russia’s aggressive military actions in Ukraine. Moreover, Nordic political leaders fear that a proposal by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to hold a referendum on the country joining NATO could antagonize the Kremlin and further inflame the crisis in Ukraine and the region generally. The scope for military cooperation, including shared tasks and procurement, was discussed when defense ministers from the Nordic and Baltic states met in Oslo for two days of talks on Nov. 12. Under the broadened collaboration platform, projects being run by Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFC...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141129/DEFREG01/3112...

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