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President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss GPS disturbances and Defence Forces’ participation in international exercises

Government Communications Department
Publication date 3.5.2024 12.41 | Published in English on 3.5.2024 at 15.00
Press release 215/2024

In their meeting on Friday 3 May, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed GPS disturbances originating in Russia. Finland will continue to be in close contact with NATO allies and EU partners on the matter.

The President and the Ministerial Committee also discussed the Finnish Defence Forces’ participation in international exercises. Finland’s NATO membership, deepening defence cooperation with the United States, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom and other important allies, and the significant changes in the security environment all have an impact on the Defence Forces’ international exercises. The nature of the exercises has changed, and allies are conducting more and more exercises in Finland. The goal of the exercises is to strengthen the defence of the Alliance and Finland and to increase allies’ familiarity with the northern operating environment.

Inquiries: Outi Holopainen, Under-Secretary of State, tel. +358 295 350 841, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Janne Kuusela, Director General, tel. +358 295 140 300, Ministry of Defence