Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, talked with his counterpart from Iceland, Lilja Alfredsdottir, during a Nato Foreign Ministers' Session in Brussels on 20 May, 2016.Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of Nato, called attention to the importance of Finland and Sweden for the security of the Baltic Sea Region as Finland, Sweden and the European Union participated in a Nato Foreign Ministers' Session in Brussels on Friday.

“Today we will be also joined by Sweden and Finland, members of the EU and two of Nato's closest partners,” he said in his doorstep statement.

“This illustrates both the importance of Nato and EU co-operation, and the vital role of Sweden and Finland on issues of common concern, such as hybrid threats and the security situation in the Baltic Sea,” continued Stoltenberg.

The European Union and Nato must develop their co-operation further, he added.

Nato, he also revealed, is intent on convening a new meeting of the Nato-Russia Council before its next summit in Warsaw, Poland, in July.

Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, represented Finland in two parts of the meeting – first to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan, and second to discuss EU—Nato co-operation and a variety of topical issues with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, according to a press release from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland and Sweden were accepted into the Nato Enhanced Opportunities Programme in 2014, the same year as they signed a host nation support agreement with the defence alliance.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: John Thys – AFP / Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi