Nordics should consider joint air control in far north, Finnish parliament speaker says

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Norway's Stoere adds that he sees room for more Nordic crossborder cooperation in areas beyond defence.

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Norway's Stoere adds that he sees room for more Nordic crossborder cooperation in areas beyond defence.

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland, Sweden and Norway should consider organising their air defence control jointly in territories north of the Arctic Circle in coming years, the speaker of the Finnish parliament said on Monday.

"We all three - Sweden, Norway and Finland - have relatively strong airforces and we have to control our borders and airspace," said Matti Vanhanen, discussing NATO and security policy with Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere at an event organised by Finland's President Sauli Niinisto at his summer residence in Naantali, Finland.

"It would be most natural that in the coming years the controlling of the airspace would be common," said Vanhanen, a former Finnish prime minister.Finland and Sweden abandoned their traditional policy of neutrality in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February are seeking to join NATO. Their applications face opposition from Turkey, however, which accuses them of harbouring terrorists.

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"We all three - Sweden, Norway and Finland - have relatively strong airforces and we have to control our borders and airspace," said Matti Vanhanen, discussing NATO and security policy with Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere at an event organised by Finland's President Sauli Niinisto at his summer residence in Naantali, Finland. "It would be most natural that in the coming years the controlling of the airspace would be common," said Vanhanen, a former Finnish prime minister. THE government should not work in silo, keeping everyone in the dark over its plans to abolish the mandatory death penalty, according to former Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Azalina Othman Said. Finland and Sweden abandoned their traditional policy of neutrality in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February are seeking to join NATO. Out there, [many] do not understand that this government is a government also supported by the opposition. Their applications face opposition from Turkey, however, which accuses them of harbouring terrorists. Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. Norway's Stoere said he saw room for more Nordic crossborder cooperation in the far north - known as the Cap of the North - in areas beyond defence, such as energy and railways.

"I'm trying to tell my government apparatus that a lot of the measures we have to develop our cross-border relations with Russia we should just shift the focus and do it with Sweden and Finland," he said, giving possible railways from Finland to Norway's northern ports of Tromso and Kirkenes as examples. Annuar said this at a news conference after attending a special gathering with officers and staff of the Kelantan Information Department here on Sunday (June 12). (Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Angus MacSwan) Article type: free .