Harpsund, 11 May 2022 (TDI): The Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson welcomed the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson. The two leaders discussed long-term security collaboration between their countries and joint efforts to support Ukraine.
Sharing more intelligence, bolstering military exercises and jointly developing technology, I am very pleased to sign a mutual security assurance declaration with @SwedishPM Magdalena Andersson.
We face a new reality. But we face it together.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 11, 2022
Both Prime Ministers agreed on the Russian invasion changing international security architecture.
Consequently, both Prime Ministers agreed that it is not possible to normalize relations with Russian President, Putin.
Prime Minister Johnson added that the Russian war sharpened the concentration on European security.
On the relation between the two countries:
More to this, Johnson highlighted the UK’s appreciation for the already close defense and security relationship between them.
Johnson and Andersson spoke anticipated the British and Swedish forces’ increasing military cooperation in the coming months.
UK Prime Minister stated his belief in the security declaration that it will unite the two countries and help them deal with future challenges together.
In addition, Sweden has maximized cutting-edge military technology as well as world leading Armed Forces.
Therefore, Johnson spoke about the collaboration between the two countries. He expressed hope that it will widely benefit the Euro-Atlantic security.
He said that Britain will provide help to Sweden in case there is an attack on the latter. Both Prime Ministers signed a security assurance deal.
Talks on energy security by the leaders included closer collaboration on renewables as well as wind farm technology.
Sweden and Finland are still deciding on joining NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Therefore, Johnson will visit Finland and meet with President Sauli Niinisto.
Johnson further said that the agreement will secure the defenses of northern Europe. He went on to state that it is a sign of endless assurance between their nations.
He also pointed out that these are not short-term stop-gaps but commitments for the long-term to secure military ties, global stability, and defenses for European generations to come.
The UK Prime Minister said both parties will assist each other whether there is an event of disaster or military attack.
In conclusion, the leaders agreed to remain in close contact in the coming days.