Peter Hultqvist

Peter Hultqvist, Minister for Defence

Minister for Defence

Ministry of Defence

“Defence policy must be based on responsibility for Sweden. This involves asserting our sovereignty, our democratic social order and the right to determine our own future.”

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  • Serious security policy situation in focus at informal meeting of EU defence ministers

    Florence Parly and Peter Hultqvist standing next to each other, Parly is to the left.  In the background the French and the Swedish flags.
    Minister for the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly and Minister for Defence of Sweden Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Ministry of Defence of Sweden

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the informal meeting of EU defence ministers in Brest, France on 12–13 January. The meeting was dominated by the serious security policy situation, with focus on the situation in and around Ukraine.

  • Joint statement by the Nordic Ministers of Defence on Ukraine

    We, the Nordic Ministers of Defence, follow the recent developments in and around Ukraine with great concern. Recent Russian military activity, especially the exceptional military build-up along Ukraine’s borders, is a worrying development, which may have a destabilising effect on our shared security environment.

  • New agreement on defence cooperation signed during Ukrainian defence minister’s visit to Sweden

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist has received Ukraine’s Minister of Defence, Oleksii Reznikov, who is on a visit to Sweden. The two ministers signed a new agreement on defence cooperation between the countries and held a joint press briefing.

Peter Hultqvist and Ben Wallace on a podium.
Press conference with Peter Hultqvist and Ben Wallace. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Bilateral talks on regional security and visit in subarctic environment when UK Secretary of State for Defence visited Sweden

Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Ben Wallace held a joint press briefing in connection with Secretary Wallace’s visit to Sweden on 9-10 December, which included a visit to Norrland Dragoon Regiment in Arvidsjaur (K4) and bilateral meetings in Stockholm.

The participating ministers standing outside in front of a ship.
Peter Hultqvist with his Nordic colleagues. Photo: Emma Virkkunen, Finnish Ministry of Defence

Nordic Defence Cooperation meeting in Finland

On 9 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) ministerial meeting. The meeting in Kirkkonummi, Finland was hosted by Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen in conjunction with the Finnish NORDEFCO chairmanship in 2021.

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. Photo: The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU

Strategic Compass on the agenda at the EU Foreign Affairs Council

On 15–16 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). The Ministers discussed EU training missions and met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a ministerial lunch. In a joint meeting with the Ministers for Foreign Affairs on 15 November the first draft of the EU Strategic Compass was discussed.

Peter Hultqvist and Jens Stoltenberg shaking hands.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: NATO

Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence

On 21–22 October, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence in Brussels. Mr Hultqvist was invited to a special session on cooperation between NATO and the European Union.

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