Northern European chiefs of defence address #RussianDeterrence

| September 12, 2018

Chiefs of Defence from eleven northern European countries
gathered in Oslo to discuss a variety of topics at the 2018 Northern
European Chief of Defense Conference. The main focus of the conference was
deterring Russian aggression.

General Curtis M. Scaparrotti (pictured), commander US European Command, was the
senior US military official who attended the conference, which was hosted
by the Norwegian Chief of Defense, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen.
The two leaders opened the conference by highlighting their mutual
appreciation for one another’s collaboration and the benefits of partnering
to address the regional challenges faced today.

“The United States and Norway have a long history of co-operation and we
value your partnership,” Scaparrotti said. “We’re pleased to be here and to work so closely with you.”

The objective of the conference was to facilitate an open and candid
dialogue to enhance co-operation among the northern European countries in
support of enduring stability and peace during a period of emerging
challenges.

Presentations from both US and Norway leaders helped facilitate the
discussion among the group. Topics focused on how nations can work more
closely together to address disinformation and Russian malign influence,
cyber threats and critical infrastructure protection, future military
deployments and exercises in the region.

“We must be resolute and adaptable as we work together as a team to maintain
our momentum,” Scaparrotti said.

Conference participants represented Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany,
Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the United States.

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