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The Finnish Parliament approves a defense cooperation agreement with the United States

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul3,2024

The Finnish Parliament approved a defense cooperation agreement with the United States

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The Finnish Parliament has approved an agreement with the United States on defense cooperation. This was reported on the Eduskunta website — Finnish Parliament.

The Cooperation Agreement (DCA, Defense Cooperation Agreement) was signed by Washington and Helsinki back in December 2023, but for it to enter into force, the approval of the Finnish Parliament was required, reports “Voice of America”.

The treaty provides that the United States will be able to use 15 military installations in the country for a wide range of tasks: transit, training, housing troops and equipment, refueling aircraft, repairing equipment, conducting humanitarian operations and missions related to natural disasters, and others.

According to the annex to the agreement, we are talking about the following military facilities:

  • air bases in Kuopio, Tampere-Pirkkala, Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi in Lapland;
  • border guard base in Ivalo;
  • naval base in Upinniemi;
  • training grounds in Niinisalo, Raazepori and Vekaranjärvi;
  • warehouses in Parkano, Rovajärvi, Skinnarvik, Tammel, Tervola, Veitsiluoto.

The bases specified in the agreement are located in different regions of Finland. Thus, the Upinniemi base is located in the south, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, and the border service facility in Ivalo — in the north of the country, in the area bordering the Murmansk region of the Russian Federation.

The initial term of the contract is 10 years. After this period, it will remain in force, but participants will be able to withdraw from the agreement by giving one year's notice to the other party about their decision.

The US Embassy in Finland welcomed the parliament's decision, emphasizing that “the agreement will allow our countries to deepen their close security partnership.”

"Finland already makes a significant contribution to the Alliance by sharing technical expertise, hosting and participating in NATO military exercises, and achieving and exceeding NATO's target of devoting 2% of GDP to defense.", —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken said late last year, emphasizing that the agreement “builds on three decades of security cooperation between our countries.”

“Finland knows almost better than anyone what is at stake for Ukraine. In 1939, the Finns also faced a Russian invasion and proved that a free nation can put up an incredibly strong and resilient resistance."— noted the head of the US State Department during the DCA signing ceremony in 2023.

In December 2023, the United States signed the DCA agreement with Finland's neighbor — Sweden. After the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, both countries that had previously cooperated with NATO expressed a desire to join the North Atlantic Alliance. Finland joined the Alliance in April 2023, and Sweden joined NATO almost a year later.

US President Joe Biden recently stated that NATO is experiencing one of its most important moments since World War II.
< br /> "Together we are holding back the escalation of Russian aggression in Europe. We accepted Finland and Sweden into the Alliance. We have strengthened NATO's eastern flank, making it clear that we will defend every inch of its territory."– Biden said.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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