Prime Minister to push to bolster European resilience
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host a summit in London this week with Nordic and Baltic leaders to lead the charge on ensuring no one actor or malign government can fundamentally compromise European security again.
Johnson will host the leaders of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), a northern European security coalition, bringing together representatives from Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. They will discuss the immediate crisis in Ukraine but also long-term energy security and how they can help Ukraine rebuild again after war.
The Prime Minister has stated that he is again set to raise the importance of broader European security in his meetings, and will urge leaders to work together to ensure that no other nations can fall victim to Putin’s aggression.
Johnson said: “European security has been shaken by the attack of Russia on Ukraine, and alongside our partners, we will take action to ensure we emerge stronger and more united than before. Ensuring we are resilient to Putin’s threats needs to go beyond our military footing - together alongside our North and Baltic Sea partners we must ensure we are insulated from Russia’s interference and impact on our energy supplies, economy and values.”
The meeting follows the deployment of UK Armed Forces to Exercise Cold Response in Norway, where more than 30,000 troops from 27 nations will be put through their paces in extreme temperatures. Exercise Cold Response will be the largest of its kind in 30 years.