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Wed, 09 Mar, 2016 01:24:41 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Mar 9
Defence Ministers of Finland Jussi Niinistö and his Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist exchanged views on defense policy in Helsinki on Tuesday. Photo Lehtikuva.
The defence ministers of Finland and Sweden on Tuesday said closer defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden is not leading to a formal alliance.
Speaking in Helsinki, Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist pointed out that now is the time to implement the cooperation agreed upon and not to speculate about the future.
Among other things, the activities remaining pending include a project to rely on the other country’s port and airbases which, if possible, could extend from peacetime conditions to cover times of crisis. 
This, however, according to Hultqvist, does not imply a political alliance.
“We are now putting into action what we have spoken about,” Hultqvist said.
The cooperative training activities on the ground, sea and air and the exchange of information make a long list.
“I think we have done what we could in a short amount of time,” Hultqvist.
Similarly, according to Finnish Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö, now is not the time for a defence alliance. The possibility of an alliance sometime in the future should not, however, be ruled out completely.
The possible alliance between Finland and Sweden was reported in the English language military newsweekly Defence News at the end of last week. The report was subsequently run by the Russian news outlet Sputnik.
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