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Danish intelligence service says country faces ‘no immediate’ military threat

Denmark and other Nato countries do not face any immediate threat from Russia, the Danish military intelligence service FE said on Wednesday.

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen visits a military base on Bornholm
Danish PM Mette Frederiksen visits a military base on Bornholm on April 7th. Denmark is under no immediate military threat according to its intelligence service FE. Photo: Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix

The FE assessment came in the form of an answer provided to parliament’s Defence Committee by the defence minister, Morten Bødskov.

“It is unlikely that Russia desires a military conflict with Nato. Russia has probably no intention of using military force against Denmark. FE thereby concludes that there is no direct military threat to Denmark,” FE states in the response.

However, the situation could change at short notice, the parliamentary answer also states. This could occur if the “current tense situation develops in the direction of a military confrontation between Russia and Nato,” it said.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, Moscow has threatened retaliation against any countries that participate in the war, which Russia characterises as a “special military operation”, on the side of Ukraine.

Danish fighter aircraft currently patrol the skies over Baltic Sea island Bornholm daily in what has been described as a precaution against potential Russian encroachment on Danish airspace in the area.

The government earlier this year opened the door to a future military deal with the United States which could see American soldiers posted on Danish soil.

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NATO

Could Denmark benefit from Swedish and Finnish Nato membership?

Turkey has dropped its objections to Sweden and Finland joining Nato, paving the way for the two Nordic nations to join the North Atlantic defence alliance. Could Denmark benefit?

Could Denmark benefit from Swedish and Finnish Nato membership?

Sweden and Finland appear closer to joining Nato after a major stumbling block appeared to be cleared on Wednesday.

Nato on Wednesday evening said that the foreign ministers of Turkey, Sweden and Finland had all signed a trilateral memorandum which addressed “Türkiye’s legitimate security concerns”. 

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Nato leaders would as a result now be able to issue a formal invitation to Sweden and Finland to join the alliance. 

Denmark stands to gain political weight and status within the defence alliance once Sweden and Finland are members, a Danish military analyst said.

“From a security politics point of view, this would give a close Nordic alliance within Nato,” Hans Peter Michaelsen, military analyst at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Military Studies, told news wire Ritzau.

Swedish and Finnish Nato membership could also benefit Denmark militarily, he said.

“Denmark, Sweden and Finland could now support each other militarily,” he said.

“We can complement each other with our different strengths. We can begin to look at distributing burdens internally between the countries. I’m thinking of areas such as the Baltic Sea region here,” he said.

Sweden has a strong navy which is attentive to the Baltic Sea, he noted.

“That means that Nato will command an area where Russia otherwise perhaps did not feel threatened,” he said.

“That will make the Russians consider their future strategy in the region,” he said.

Stoltenberg also cited the Baltic Sea region following the withdrawal by Turkey of its objections.

“This changes the entire balance of power in the Baltic Sea and Baltic Region,” Stoltenberg said according to news wire Ritzau.

With Sweden and Finland in the alliance along with Denmark and the Baltic countries, Nato countries will control all sea access to the Baltic Sea and thereby Russian ports in the region.

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