Article from Ministry of Defence

EU’s Strategic Compass and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in focus at EU defence minister meeting


On 17 May, EU defence ministers met in Brussels to discuss how to implement the EU’s Strategic Compass. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was also on the agenda. State Secretary Jan-Olof Lind represented Sweden at the meeting.

 Jan-Olof Lind talking to other persons.
State Secretary Jan-Olof Lind represented Sweden at the meeting. Photo: The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Brussels

The meeting of EU defence ministers discussed how to implement the EU’s Strategic Compass. Focus was on the future of EU crisis management operations.

Continued broad support for Ukraine

The defence ministers also discussed Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the importance of the EU continuing to act in close coordination with partners and like-minded actors, and working to consolidate continued international support for Ukraine. In the Swedish Government’s view, the EU should continue to support Ukraine together with other actors.

“Right now, it’s difficult to see an end to the war in Ukraine. There is no doubt that Russia’s attack on a peaceful neighbour will shape the security environment in Europe for a long time – possibly generations – to come,” says State Secretary Jan-Olof Lind, who represented Sweden at the meeting.

EU’s Strategic Compass

The EU’s Strategic Compass provides political guidance for the ongoing development of EU security and defence cooperation and contributes to Europe’s assuming greater responsibility for its security. The EU foreign affairs and defence ministers jointly adopted the Strategic Compass at a meeting in March 2022