Britain has declared that it will help to protect Nordic and Baltic states from Russia after Brexit.
British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement on Monday (4 September) the UK was a “reassuring presence” for allies facing “Russian antagonism”.
He said the fact British soldiers had been sent to Estonia as part of a Nato force to deter Russia was “a firm demonstration that Britain will always stand by its allies in the face of outside aggression, and a message to others that the unity that Nato provides and sustains will never be broken”.
“As we leave the European Union, we will continue to defend and promote our common interests, as we rise to any challenges we face together,” he added.
The British declaration came ahead of a regional meeting in London later the same day.
The UK is hosting foreign ministers from EU nations Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Sweden, as well as from non-EU countries Iceland and Norway.
Anders Samuelsen, the Danish foreign minister, echoed the UK’s Johnson on Monday.
“The British are a close partner for Denmark in the EU, including in foreign and security policy,” he told EUobserver en route to London.
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