Russia, Baltic and Arctic on the table at Pentagon talks

Finland's Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen held official talks with his American and Swedish counterparts in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen (R) at the Pentagon in Washington DC, 10th December 2019 / Credit: Puolustusministeriö

Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen (Centre) has been in Washington DC this week, in a trip that culminated in a trilateral meeting between Finland, Sweden and the USA.

On Thursday Kaikkonen met at the Pentagon with Sweden’s Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist and the US Defence Secretary Mark T. Esper.

On the agenda were “mutual security concerns” including Russia, China, the security situation in the North Atlantic, the Baltic and the Arctic, according to an official readout from the Pentagon.

The talks also looked at wider defence issues including how US forces can work together with NATO, and how to continue cooperation between the three countries.

In May 2018 Finland, Sweden and the USA signed the Tripartite Declaration of Intent on Defence Cooperation.

Esper thanked Finland and Sweden for hosting regional exercises that increase readiness and the working relationship between the three countries’ military forces.