The rise in Russia’s aggression began with with the invasion of Georgia, then Crimea, and now Ukraine as a whole. Russia has also increased military fly overs in Nordic countries, and Europe, and the U.K, even buzzing the shores of the U.S., so it is understandable that these Nordic countries would want to prepare for any future aggression by forming such a pact.
“The ministers said they were responding to an altered security situation caused by Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict and increased Russian military activity in the Baltic region.
“Russia’s conduct represents the biggest challenge to European security,” the ministers wrote. “As a consequence, the security situation around the Nordic countries has significantly worsened during the past year.”
The countries have reported a rise in Russian military activity over the past year, including several airspace violations and incidents of war planes allegedly flying without their identifying transponders.
“We must be prepared to face possible crises or incidents,” the declaration said, adding that Russia’s leaders were prepared to use “military means in order to reach their political goals.
“The Russian military is acting provocatively along our borders, and there have been several border violations of countries around the Baltic Sea.”
Norway, Denmark and Iceland – which does not have an army – are Nato members, while Finland and Sweden are non-aligned, but have increased their cooperation with the alliance, including joint exercises, amid internal debate on the merits of membership.
Sweden, Denmark and Finland are part of the European Union.
The ministers said “Russia’s propaganda and political manoeuvering are contributing to sowing discord” within both organisations.
The increased Nordic cooperation will include more joint military exercises and intelligence exchanges, as well as stronger defence industry ties.” – The Guardian