Helle Thorning-Schmidt greets Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at the start of the Nato summit in Wales on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Winning/Scanpi
Denmark is prepared to send up to 300 troops to the Baltics and Poland in response to Russian aggression, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said in advance of her participation at the Nato Summit in Wales.
“We will send a very clear signal to those Nato countries that feel vulnerable. They should know that they can count on the solidarity of the rest of the Nato countries. Denmark will do that by, as usual, delivering concrete actions rather than just talking about it,” the prime minister told Ritzau.
Denmark has previously announced its intention to play a key role in the Nato base in Szczecin, Poland.
Thorning-Schmidt also said that Denmark would send an officer to Nato’s liaison office in Kiev and provide GPS equipment to Ukraine. She ruled out, however, sending weapons to Kiev.
“That is not something we are concerned about. We are most concerned with thoroughly discussing the security situation at the Nato meeting and sending a clear signal to the most vulnerable Nato countries that they can count on a security guarantee,” she told Ritzau.
The Danish PM said that the situation in Ukraine has fundamentally changed Nato’s relationship with Russia.
“The partnership with Russia has fallen apart. Russia is unfortunately not a partner now. We hope that Russia can be again, but Russia today has become a strategic challenge for Europe and Nato,” she said.
Thorning-Schmidt will be at the Nato Summit on Thursday and Friday.