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Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen decided on Finland's participation in international training and exercises in 2023

Ministry of Defence
Publication date 17.11.2022 12.46 | Published in English on 17.11.2022 at 12.50
Press release

Finland's decision to apply for NATO membership, deepening bilateral and multilateral defence cooperation, and the fundamental change in the security environment following Russia's invasion of Ukraine are affecting the foundations of international exercises.

"Finland actively participates in international training and exercises. This participation is part of Finland's response to the deteriorated security situation, strengthens our defence and improves our readiness to join NATO. Active participation in training and exercises also supports our ability to act together with key partner countries and strengthens regional security," says Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen.

In the coming years, Finland's interoperability with NATO, Sweden and Norway, as well as with the US and UK, will be a particular focus for development. The Defence Forces' 2023 exercise plan includes 89 training and exercise events.

More information on international training and exercises is available on the website of the Ministry of Defence.

Inquiries:

Ministerial Adviser Mika Varvikko, tel. +358 295 140 316

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