Denmark is increasing its military contribution to NATO in Northern Europe and the Baltics with one frigate and four F-16 fighter jets. According to the country’s foreign minister, the decision is related to Russia’s recent actions.
“We have a very serious situation in Ukraine as Russia is building up forces,” Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said on Monday.
The Peter Willemoes frigate, with 160 people, will support NATO’s standing naval force. The four F-16 aircraft, along with 70 people, will support NATO’s air operation in the Baltics. The aircraft will help enforce Baltic sovereignty.
According to Minister of Defense Trine Bramsen, the decision has broad support in the Danish parliament (Folketing).
Kofod noted that relations with Russia consist of two sides: deterrence and dialogue.
“We are ready to have a dialogue (with Russia). But that would require Russia stopping its provocations and threats,” he said.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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