Copenhagen, 22 December 2023 (TDI): The United States and Denmark reached a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) for 10 years, on December 19, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The agreement will allow US soldiers and military equipment on Danish soil, announced by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin issued a written statement that welcomed the DCA and said, “It is the next step in our long-standing defense relationship with a NATO member. The DCA will strengthen our bilateral military-to-military cooperation along with the NATO alliance.
According to the US state government, on December 21, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was at the signing ceremony with Danish Foreign Minister Lars Rasmussen in Washington.
Secretary Blinken said, “For nearly 75 years, the United States and Denmark have been close security partners and NATO allies. Denmark continues to play a leading role in ensuring Putin’s war on Ukraine remains a strategic failure.”
Furthermore, Secretary Blinken added, “When the DCA takes effect, our countries will be able to coordinate more effectively, our troops will remain together, and we will enhance NATO for peace and security across the continent.
Danish Foreign Minister Rasmussen said, “The US has made similar agreements with our Nordic friends, and we are looking forward to welcoming Sweden, in NATO. This defense agreement is a stepping stone towards a more secure Nordic region. You can always count on us, and we can always count on you.”
Additionally, the Foreign Minister brought forth the importance of sticking together with allies amid a multiple global crisis: Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine along with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Earlier in December 2023, Sweden signed a similar agreement with the United States, where the former shares a maritime border with Russia.