Swedish Defense Minister in Latvia for talks

April 12 sees Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist paying a visit to Latvia to discuss regional security issues with Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks, including Russia's extended war in Ukraine and the measures taken to support Ukraine.

The possibility of traditionally neutral Sweden moving towards NATO membership is also likely to be mentioned.

During his visit Hulkvist is dropping in at the Swedish Embassy in Rīga to meet with Ambassador Karin Höglund and Director of the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, Jānis Sārts.

At the Ministry of Defense there will be bilateral discussions on co-operation in the field of defense, as well as international co-operation in the form of the European Union, NATO and British Joint Expeditionary Force.

On Wednesday, April 13, Hulkvists will also visit the Ādaži military base, where he will get acquainted with the work of the National Armed Forces Mechanized Infantry Brigade and the NATO Multinational Battle Group based in Latvia, followed by demonstrations of the Finnish/Latvian Patria 6x6 vehicle. It has already been reported that the Swedish Ministry of Defense has officially expressed interest in joining the Patria 6x6 armored vehicle project.

Sweden collaborates with the Baltic countries in a number of areas. Among other things, Sweden is represented by Swedish staff members at the Baltic Defence College and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia. Additionally, the Swedish Psychological Defence Agency is a member of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Latvia.

The Nordic and Baltic countries also collaborate closely in the Joint Expeditionary Force, the Nordic Defence Cooperation and within the framework of Sweden’s partnership with NATO. 

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