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23 Aug 22. Nordic nations sign agreement for increased ammunition supply security. Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden will form an expert group to ensure security of supply. Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden have signed an agreement to enhance cooperation in the field of ammunition.
Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) director general Göran Mårtensson and his Nordic counterparts signed the pact in Oslo.
As part of the agreement, the four countries will form a joint expert group. The countries had also agreed to cooperate on export control and procurement.
FMV logistics adviser Per Andersson said: “The long negotiations that led to Nordic cooperation are now beginning to produce clear and concrete results.
“We now have a common view on security of supply, where all countries have received more tools to strengthen it.”
In June this year, FMV signed an agreement with TYR Tactical for the delivery of new body armour for women.
Specially designed for women in terms of fit and size, the new armour will be on a par with the existing Body Protection 12 in providing protection to personnel. (Source: army-technology.com)
24 Aug 22. UK Armed Forces Minister meets UK troops in Estonia. UK Armed Forces Minister James Heappey has met UK soldiers protecting NATO’s borders during a visit to Estonia, including his old battalion, 2 Rifles.
The minister travelled to Tapa, where more than 1,600 British personnel are based, watching troops train and speaking with servicemen and women.
He also met with Estonia’s newly appointed Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur to discuss our joint work to support Ukraine and uphold European security.
Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said: “Every day our friends here in Estonia live with the threat of a belligerent Russia on the other side of their border. Bilaterally and through NATO, the UK will stand firm with Estonia and I’m proud of the way our troops here stand ready to fight whenever, wherever they are needed.”
More than 800 troops from 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh currently lead a NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup in Estonia. The UK also has a second battlegroup of over 800 from 2nd Battalion, the Rifles in the country after deploying them in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced in June that the lethality of these deployments would be enhanced with advanced capabilities including helicopters and artillery systems, as part of an increased UK contribution to NATO. Meanwhile, the UK’s existing HQ in Tallinn will be expanded. Led by a Brigadier, it will support the rapid deployment of high readiness forces at the brigade level.
The UK will also support Estonia with training and logistics, the development of its first divisional-level HQ, as well as developing new ways of fighting through their joint hosting of the Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic European HQ, and supporting innovative dual use start-ups through the NATO Innovation Fund. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
23 Aug 22. Montenegro: Government collapse will prompt ethno-religious tensions. On 20 August, the minority government of Prime Minister Abazovic collapsed following a vote of no confidence by the parliament. The vote was initiated after the government signed a controversial agreement with the Serbian Orthodox Church, granting it more powers regarding land ownership than other religious groups. Following the collapse of the government, the president will nominate a new prime minister tasked with forming a government. If the parties fail to agree on a new coalition, snap elections will be held. Following the government’s collapse, ethno-religious tensions will almost certainly increase between Montenegro’s ethnic Serb and Albanian populations. Political instability risks will remain high until a new government is formed, while tensions with Serbia will possibly increase if the next government tries to reverse the agreement with the Serbian Orthodox Church. (Source: Sibylline)
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