Press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde

Jens Stoltenberg:

Finland and Sweden are NATO’s closest partners.
[W]e face the same challenges, in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.

Our forces have trained and exercised together for many years.
We continue to share information and situational awareness.
And both Finland and Sweden have contributed to NATO missions and operations, from the Western Balkans to Iraq.

The worsening security situation in Europe makes NATO’s cooperation with Finland and Sweden even more important.

Today, we discussed Russia’s continued military build-up in and around Ukraine.

For instance, Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and will deploy more jets to Lithuania as part of our Baltic air policing mission.

France has expressed its readiness to send troops to Romania under NATO command.

The Netherlands is sending fighter aircraft to Bulgaria for air policing, and is putting units on standby for the NATO Response Force.

Spain is sending ships to join NATO naval forces in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, and considering sending jets to Bulgaria.

And the United States, for the first time in decades, put a carrier strike group under NATO command.

We are considering to further enhance our presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. This could include the deployment of additional NATO battlegroups.


[Let] me be clear: NATO will not compromise on core principles.

Note how all three Scandinavians are comfortable speaking NATO’s language, English.