Denmark to increase defence budget due to fears of Russia

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 16.10.2017 08:10

According to a report dated 13 October, the Danish Ministry of Defence plans a budget increase of up to €643 million in its proposal for a new defence agreement for 2018-2023, mainly due to Russia's more aggressive foreign policy and increased military activity.

In 2023, the Danish defence budget should reach about €3.61 billion, a 20 % increase compared to the current funding. The additional funding is to be used, in particular, for the purchase of new equipment, expansion of special forces and enhancement of the readiness of naval, airborne and ground forces. The proposal also envisages the creation of a new 4,000-strong rapid-reaction combat group. If the proposal is approved, a partial relocation of troops to the Baltic should also take place due to the numerous Russian military manoeuvres in the area. Russia has stationed its Iskander ballistic missiles in the Kaliningrad exclave which also concerns other Nordic countries such as Sweden and Norway. Moreover, a member of the Russian Parliamentary Defence Committee, Vladimir Shamanov, threatened on 11 October to increase the number of Russian ballistic missiles in the Baltic due to the deployment of US armoured brigades in Poland.

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