- The trilateral statement of intent between Sweden, Finland, and the United States will serve to further deepen defence co-operation between these countries.
- Russia is unlikely to retaliate unless the agreement opens the road to NATO membership or to the deployment of US forces on Swedish or Finnish territory.
- The elections in Sweden and Finland in September 2018 and April 2019 will likely determine the future trajectory of military co-operation between the two Nordic countries and the US and NATO in general.
On 7–10 May, the defence ministers of Sweden and Finland – Peter Hultqvist and Jussi Niinistö – met with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis to discuss defence relations.
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