Sweden and Finland are to intensify their military co-operation, both country’s defence ministers announced on Tuesday.
A joint study by both Finnish and Swedish armed forces has proposed the two Nordic nations create a joint naval task force, as well as a joint army brigade. Both navies should be allowed to use each other’s naval bases, the study suggests.
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist calls the proposals: “A new important step forward in Finno-Swedish co-operation”, adding that the plans do not add up to a military alliance between the two nations.
Both Sweden and Finland are currently non-aligned, the only countries around the Baltic Sea not members of NATO, apart from Russia.
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