Prime Minister to host Nordic and Baltic leaders for talks on Ukraine crisis

Boris Johnson is preparing to embark on a series of meetings with Nordic and Baltic leaders as he seeks to build European resilience following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Prime Minister will host a Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) summit in London this week, where he will urge leaders to work together to ensure that no other nation falls victim to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression, he said. declared the number 10.

The Northern European Security Coalition includes the UK, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

Downing Street said the group will discuss the immediate crisis in Ukraine, as well as how they can help the country “rebuild after the war”.

Boris Johnson will host the leaders for dinner at his official campaign residence, Checkers (Steve Parsons/PA)

(PA Archive)

The talks will focus on “increasing defensive military support for Ukraine” and the issue of “long-term energy security”, he said, while the Prime Minister will urge the coalition to work for “a greater resilience in the face of threats from hostile states”.

Mr Johnson will host the group for dinner at his official country residence, Checkers, on Monday evening.

The coalition will then meet in London on Tuesday, before the Prime Minister is joined by Finnish and Swedish leaders in Downing Street in the afternoon.

Mr Johnson is expected to host the Latvian Prime Minister ahead of Monday’s summit.

The JEF faces “a unique set of threats from Russia,” including on some of the members’ land borders, in the skies and from the North and Baltic Seas, as well as in cyberspace, a report said. declared No. 10.

Looking ahead to the meetings, Mr Johnson said European security had been ‘shaken’ by Russia’s attack on its neighbour, adding that the UK and its partners would ‘take action to ensure that we we emerge stronger and more united than before”.

(PA graphics)

(PA graphics)

The prime minister said resilience to Mr Putin’s threats must “go beyond our military base”.

“Together…we must ensure that we are safe from Russian interference and impact on our energy supplies, our economy and our values,” he added.

Leaders should also agree on an enhanced program of integrated JEF exercises and activities at sea, on land and in the air.

The summit will follow the deployment of the British Armed Forces for Exercise Cold Response in Norway this weekend, involving more than 30,000 soldiers from 27 countries.

Christi C. Elwood