Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet participated in the video meeting of the defence ministers of the Joint Expeditionary Force, where British Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace presented the Post-Brexit Integrated Review, and the defence ministers also discussed the situation that has been caused by Russian pressurizing activities at the Ukraine’s border.
“The Joint Expeditionary Force has an important role to play in strengthening security in the Baltic Sea region and Europe in general. The first role of the Joint Expeditionary Force in a crisis situation is operational transplantation of the forces and deterrence. This requires practicing smooth co-operation between participating countries, which we can also do this autumn at the Joint Protector training exercise,” said Minister of Defence Laanet.
The defence ministers of the Joint Expeditionary Force also noted that the joint naval operation Expone, which took place in the Baltic Sea, in March, strengthened deterrence and revealed the need for similar operations in the future.
The next meeting of the defence ministers of the Joint Expeditionary Force is scheduled for June of this year, in Helsinki.
The Joint Expeditionary Force, launched and led by United Kingdom, is a coalition of like-minded nations which includes Estonia, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Iceland joined the coalition in April of this year.
Areas of focus for the coalition are the Baltic Sea region, the High North and the North Atlantic region. Upon activation of the Joint Expeditionary Force, United Kingdom will provide the necessary command and force elements, which the member states will supplement with their capabilities.
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