The first Exercises joint naval units Finland and Sweden, called FINSWEEX 2015, began on Tuesday and runs until may 28 in the territorial waters of several countries and in international waters, stated in the Finnish Navy.
"The exercises are the first step in deepening naval cooperation between Finland and Sweden. Their task is to develop the potential of cooperation in the framework of the joint forces (Swedish Finnish Navаl Task Group, SFNTG) with a view to 2023, conducting training on the identification and neutralization of submarines and mines, " according to the report, the news Agency. The Navy stressed that the Finnish side in the maneuvers involved six military courts, with the Swedish - nine. Plans to deepen military cooperation, the country pairs announced in February this year. Then it presented a General report of the Finnish and Swedish ministries of defence, which stated the establishment of a joint naval unit that by 2023 under an obligation to acquire operational capabilities in full, which implies, among them mutual marine bases one another. The document also proposed to establish by 2020 the concept of the common army offices. This will be accomplished through expansion of cooperation in the field of General exercises. In addition, in November of last year, the governments of the Nordic countries and Baltic States have approved a new plan to deepen cooperation in defence and military cooperation of the countries of the region, both within and outside NATO. The reason for this was called " Russia's aggression against Ukraine ".