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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  • US Secretary of Defence expressed strong support for Sweden’s NATO application

    Peter Hultqvist and Lloyd Austin standing outside surrounded by soldiers and a Swedish flag.
    Peter Hultqvist and Lloyd Austin at the meeting in Washington DC. Photo: Toni Eriksson/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 18 May, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin in Washington DC to discuss Sweden’s application for NATO membership and the security environment in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • Result of security policy discussions presented on 13 May

    Peter Hultqvist and Ann Linde standing inside in front of a podium.
    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presenting the results of the deliberations on the changed security environment following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 16 March 2022, the Government decided to set up a working group to deliberate on the changed security environment following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde led the deliberations. Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist also took part.

    All parties represented in the Riksdag took part in the deliberations and were represented by the following members of the Riksdag: Kenneth G Forslund (Social Democratic Party), Hans Wallmark (Moderate Party), Pål Jonson (Moderate Party), Aron Emilsson (Sweden Democrats), Kerstin Lundgren (Centre Party), Håkan Svenneling (Left Party), Mikael Oscarsson (Christian Democrats), Allan Widman (Liberal Party) and Elisabeth Falkhaven (Green Party).

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Here you will find information about the Government’s work related to the security situation in Ukraine.

The defence ministers standing outside on a mountain top with  a helicopter in the background.
The Nordic defence ministers visited the Norwegian-Russian border region in connection with the meeting in Kirkenes, Norway. Photo: Asgeir Brekke/Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Nordic defence ministers met at Russian border

On 11–12 May, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in a meeting in northern Norway with his counterparts from the other Nordic countries. The defence ministers visited the Norwegian-Russian border and discussed strengthened Nordic cooperation.

To the left Artis Pabriks and to the right Peter Hultqvist walking outside in Riga.
Latvia’s Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist in Riga. Photo: Toni Eriksson/Ministry of Defence

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist in Latvia for bilateral meeting with Latvia’s defence minister

On 12–13 April, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Latvia’s Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks and the Adazi military base. The focus of the visit was Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the importance of Swedish-Latvian defence cooperation.

Peter Hultqvist standing inside surrounded by ambassadors.
Peter Hultqvist at the meeting at the Lithuanian Embassy in Stockholm. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

Nordic and Baltic ambassadors in Sweden met with Sweden’s Minister for Defence

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has fundamentally changed the European security situation. This was the main focus when Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist attended a meeting at the Lithuanian Embassy in Stockholm on 8 April with ambassadors from the Baltic and Nordic countries.

Peter Hultqvist standing outside surrounded by soldiers.
Peter Hultqvist visiting the Cold Response 2022 exercise. Photo: Mats Carlsson/Swedish Armed Forces

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist observes Cold Response 2022 exercise

On 25 March, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and the other Nordic defence ministers observed the Cold Response 2022 exercise in Norway. Conducted primarily in northern Norway, the exercise involves approximately 30 000 participants from 27 countries, including approximately 1 500 Swedish enlisted personnel and officers.

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