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Defence Secretary discusses shared safety response in face of Russian invasion of Ukraine

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has met with Defence Ministers from the Joint Expeditionary Drive (JEF) nations to supply plans for ongoing assist for Ukraine towards the invasion from President Putin’s forces.

The ministers mentioned what elevated measures might be introduced ahead to assist Ukraine towards Russia’s brutal assault and the way the group will work collectively to advertise European safety, complementing NATO exercise.

The Defence Secretary met along with his counterpart Kalle Laanet in Tallinn, Estonia to debate the disaster and the affect on wider safety throughout Europe. Just like the UK, Estonia has additionally despatched a spread of defensive and non-lethal assist to Ukraine to assist the nation defend itself, offering javelin anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft ammunition in addition to meals and medical gear.

Minister Laanet awarded Ben Wallace with the Ministry of Defence Cross of Advantage, First Class – the best ornament conferred by the Ministry – for his dedication to European defence and safety.

In Copenhagen, Denmark, the Defence Secretary met with quite a lot of his counterparts from the JEF nations to see off Danish Frigate HDMS Niels Juhl. The vessel is offering a naval escort to assist the deployment of Danish land forces in Estonia, the place they serve alongside UK troops as a part of the just lately strengthened NATO enhanced Ahead Presence (eFP) battlegroup. The Danish ship can be joined by Royal Navy frigate HMS Northumberland and Swedish corvette HSwMS Karlstad earlier than accompanying a provide ship delivering specialist automobiles and gear.

Ben Wallace additionally held a bilateral assembly with the Danish Defence Minister, Morten Bødskov and laid a wreath on the Danish Nationwide Memorial in Kastellet, central Copenhagen.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace mentioned:

President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is an assault on our freedoms, our values and the safety of Europe. He has sought to interrupt our defensive alliances, which is why now, greater than at any level within the historical past of the JEF, our partnership is so important.

We’re united in our resolve throughout the JEF nations to assist Ukraine. Our values are Ukraine’s values and we are going to proceed to supply deadly and non-lethal assist, alongside sending further forces to Estonia serving with our Danish allies.

The UK is taking part in a number one position in supporting Ukraine, together with offering defensive anti-tank weapons and non-lethal assist together with helmets and medical provides. Britain has additionally imposed complete sanctions protecting Russian elites, corporations and monetary establishments in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In response to the disaster, the UK has additionally bolstered its contribution to NATO’s eFP in Estonia, the place British and Danish troops have been deployed collectively alongside different NATO nations since 2018. The JEF provide mission will assist this long-standing UK contribution.

The JEF is a coalition comprising of 10 nations working collectively to ship forces at excessive readiness throughout a spread of roles, complementing NATO and European safety. Its members are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK.

Defence Ministers from all ten international locations met lower than two weeks in the past in Belvoir Fortress, issuing a joint assertion condemning Russia’s aggression in direction of Ukraine.

The JEF has carried out profitable workout routines in latest months, together with Train Joint Protector 2021. Within the coming months, militaries can be working collectively throughout its core areas of the North Atlantic, Excessive North and Baltic Sea Area, with a specific give attention to the upcoming command and management Train Joint Protector later in 2022, adopted by the Dwell Train JEF Warrior in 2023. JEF may even conduct an train demonstrating freedom of motion within the Baltic Sea in a present of the group’s solidarity.

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