In a historic move, Denmark and the United States forge historic defense partnershipthat will see American forces stationed at military bases in Denmark.
This landmark deal signifies a paradigm shift in Danish defense policy, as the Nordic country departs from its long-standing tradition of prohibiting permanent foreign troops on its soil.
The accord allows the US to establish a military presence at the Karup, Skrydstrup, and Aalborg bases, with provisions for the permanent stationing of soldiers and storage of weapons and equipment.
This agreement solidifies the United States' strategic network of defense partnerships across the Nordic region. Having recently signed similar accords with Finland and Sweden earlier this month, the US now establishes a comprehensive presence in Denmark.
Existing agreements with Norway and Iceland further strengthen the US military's footprint in the region, creating a collaborative defense framework to address evolving security challenges.
Beyond the physical presence of American troops, the deal fosters closer collaboration in various military activities. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen highlighted the agreement's provisions for enhanced cooperation in training, logistics, and other military endeavors.
This means that American soldiers and equipment can be permanently stationed on Danish soil.- Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen
The move underscores a collective effort among Nordic countries to bolster regional security amid geopolitical tensions and an increasingly assertive Russia.
Prime Minister Frederiksen emphasized the necessity of a robust American commitment, especially in the face of a changing security landscape.
Citing concerns over an aggressive Russia and the ongoing global conflicts, Denmark views this defense cooperation agreement as a vital measure to safeguard its security and contribute to the broader European defense posture.
It’s our unequivocal assessment that this is good for Denmark’s and Europe’s security. With the situation we’re in now with war and an increasingly aggressive Russia, we need as strong and as large an American commitment as possible, and that’s why we have entered into the agreement.- Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen
While the accord is expected to be formally signed later this week, its implementation is contingent on the Danish parliament's approval, a process estimated to take about a year.
Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen clarified that the agreement, once approved, will be in effect for at least 10 years and cannot be terminated during this period.
With this agreement, Denmark joins Finland and Sweden in reshaping the Nordic defense landscape.
These countries, all sharing concerns about regional security, have chosen to deepen their collaboration with the United States, reinforcing a shared commitment to collective defense and stability in the face of contemporary challenges.
In a transformative shift in Danish defense policy, the United States and Denmark have brokered a defense cooperation agreement that opens the door for American forces to be stationed at military bases within the Nordic nation.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced the groundbreaking deal, allowing the US to establish a lasting presence at strategic locations.
This agreement marks a historic deviation from Denmark's traditional stance against permanent foreign troops on its soil and aligns with a broader trend of Nordic nations fortifying defense ties with the United States in response to evolving geopolitical dynamics.