(Photo: Asgeir Spange Brekke, Norwegian Ministry of Defense) From the left: Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Iceland; Karin Enström, Sweden; Carl Haglund, Finland; Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norway and Nicolai Wammen, Denmark.Ministers of five Nordic nations gathered in Tromsø, northern Norway, to discuss the security situation in Europe in light of Ukrainian crisis.

The focus was put on strengthening the military cooperation among Arctic states.

Norway, Iceland and Denmark are the only of the Nordic countries that are members of NATO, but all five countries have strongly condemned Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and violations of international law.

Ministers agreed that the situation in Ukraine affects general security in Europe. The Nordic nations should stand together condemning Russian actions towards Crimea and violations of international law.

Sweden and Finland are NATO partners, and all the five Nordic countries have called off their military cooperation with Russia, due to the Crimean crisis. The roadmap towards NATO's upcoming top-meeting in September was main issue on the agenda among the Defence Ministers in Tromsø.

Source: Barents Observer

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