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President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss US-Finland Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA), Russia and situation at Finland’s eastern border

Government Communications Department
Publication date 27.11.2023 12.30 | Published in English on 27.11.2023 at 15.23
Press release 539/2023

In their meeting on Monday 27 November, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between Finland and the United States and decided in favour of approving the outcome of the negotiations on the agreement. Parliament has been regularly informed of the progress of the negotiations in accordance with sections 47 and 97 of the Constitution. Parliament needs to authorise the agreement before it can be adopted.

The President and the Ministerial Committee also discussed the situation at Finland’s eastern border, issues related to Russia and Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, and held a preparatory discussion on the priorities for civilian and military intelligence in 2024.

Inquiries: Petri Hakkarainen, Director General, tel. +358 295 351 130, Marja Liivala, Director General (Russia), tel. +358 295 351 727, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Janne Kuusela, Director General, tel. +358 295 140 300, Ministry of Defence; Kirsi Pimiä, Permanent Secretary, tel. +358 295 488 203, Ministry of the Interior