Helsinki, 23 June - Commander JFC
Brunssum conducted a visit to Finland during which he met with the Finnish
Chief of Defence, General Lindberg, and representatives of the Defence and the
Foreign Affairs Ministers.
Amongst other issues, General Farina
discussed the current security situation in Finland with his Finnish
counterparts. Discussions focused on the country's eastern borders, the high
north and maritime issues in the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland.
General Lindberg, together with the
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Peter Stenlund, and
the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Jukka Juusti, also provided
General Farina with an overview of Finnish Armed Forces capability development
initiatives and their extant contribution to NATO missions and operations. Efforts to coordinate and cooperate military
activities amongst nations from Northern Europe were touched upon in this
briefing. Turning to the political, views and expectations appertaining to the
upcoming Warsaw Summit, in particular the likely impact on military structures,
processes and activities, were also shared.
At the conclusion of the trip General
Farina stated: 'This was an extremely helpful exchange of information. Finland
continues to be a key partner for NATO and a great contributor to sustained
peace and security in the Baltic region and Northern Europe.'