14 Jan. 2022 16:22 Uhr
Against the supposedly aggressive behavior of Russia, Denmark is expanding its military presence in the Baltic Sea. The sovereignty of the Baltic countries is to be supported with the dispatch of a frigate and combat aircraft. NATO had requested Danish reinforcements.
On January 10, the Danish government decided to send the frigate ”Peter Willemoes” with 160 soldiers, four F-16 fighter jets and 70 soldiers to the Baltic Sea. This is to ensure that NATO has the necessary deterrence capabilities in the current security situation surrounding Ukraine.
Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said in a Defense Ministry press release:
“This sends a strong signal that Denmark shares responsibility for the Alliance’s collective security. We, together with NATO, are ready for a constructive dialogue with Russia to find possible diplomatic solutions, but we must take our precautions: the dialogue must go hand in hand with the continued defense of the security of the Alliance and upholding the fundamental principles of European security.”
The frigate will be operational from mid-January. Four F-16 fighter jets will follow later. The Danish contribution will be under NATO command but will focus on the Baltic Sea region. NATO had called for the Danish presence to be increased.
In the course of the NATO meeting with Russia, Kofod demanded on Twitter that Moscow must choose cooperation over confrontation. About the news of alleged cyber attacks on Ukrainian government websites wrote Kofod:
“Troublesome reports of cyber attacks on Ukrainian government websites. Denmark and the EU will continue to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and resulting pressure and aggressive actions against Ukraine must stop immediately.”
Estonian Defense Minister Kalle Laanet commented on the expansion of the Danish military presence:
“This is an extremely strong deterrent message to Russia, showing that we are united. (…) If Russia’s main goal is to divide allies, then what Denmark has done with its decisions today shows that in reality it is there is a trend towards strengthening the allies.”
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