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Combined Statement by the Ministers of Defence of the Northern Team

Today we also discussed the implications of worldwide challenges to security in the northern regions, including the High North. We underline our strong political unity and cohesion in the face of threats towards the security of our region. We are going to continue to strive to protect the common values of democracy, rule of law, freedom and human rights. We all underline that the sanctity of internationally recognised borders is a bedrock principle of worldwide relations. Any erosion of the principle represents a grave danger to a system which is based on international law plus rules-based order. Today we, the Ministers, talked about the implications of Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine, which we condemn in the strongest possible terms. Russia‘s attack has inflicted immeasurable damage and suffering on the Ukrainian people, and is a danger to the security of Europe and the North Atlantic region. We stand with Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine both militarily and politically against Russia‘s brutal and illegal aggression.
The Ministers of Defence of the Northern Group warmly welcome the sovereign choices by Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership. This can improve our collective protection and enhance security and stability in Northern Europe. Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norwegian, Poland, and the United Kingdom encouraged Finland and Sweden’s programs and will work for fast nationwide ratification processes
The Ministers of Defence of the Northern Group met in Reykjavík, Iceland, on 8 June 2022, and gave these statement:

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