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Swedish-Ukrainian defence ministers meeting

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On 17 February, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in a video conference with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andrii Taran. Items on the agenda included bilateral cooperation and the state of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andrii Taran during the video conference.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andrii Taran during the video conference. Photo: Toni Eriksson/Government Offices

The security situation in the Baltic and Black Sea regions was also discussed at today’s video conference .

Planning is under way for an exchange of visits between the ministers, which will be carried out as soon as the situation allows, taking account of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the ministers meet physically, a new agreement on defence-related cooperation will be signed.

Cooperation between Sweden and Ukraine in the area of defence dates back over 20 years. Through the Swedish Armed Forces, Sweden has helped Ukraine since 2007 with capacity support and security sector reform. Since 2018, the Swedish Armed Forces has been conducting most of its activities in Ukraine through participation in the Operation UNIFIER training mission, led by Canada.