US Granted Access to Military Bases in Denmark Under New Deal

The US signed similar deals with Sweden and Finland this month

The US and Denmark signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) on Thursday that grants the US military access to bases in the Nordic nation and allows the storage of US weapons on Danish soil.

Denmark was one of the original 12 members of NATO when the alliance was founded in 1949 but had a long-standing policy of not allowing foreign militaries to be permanently stationed on its territory. Denmark is now breaking from that policy, as Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the DCA means that “American soldiers and equipment can be permanently stationed on Danish soil.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Danish counterpart, Lars Rasmussen, signed the deal in Washington. The DCA now needs to be ratified by Denmark’s parliament. Blinken said once the deal goes into effect, the two militaries “will be able to coordinate more effectively, even more effectively than they already are.”

“Our troops will train together more seamlessly and more often. We’ll enhance NATO’s interoperability, allowing our Alliance to better safeguard peace and stability for people all across the continent,” Blinken added.

The US signed similar agreements with Sweden and Finland this month, solidifying a US military presence across the Nordic region, as it has had a similar arrangement with Norway for years.

The deal with Finland, NATO’s newest member, gives the US access to 15 bases in a country that shares an over 800-mile border with Russia. One of the facilities is a border guard base on the Russian border. Moscow has said it will respond to the expansion of NATO infrastructure in Finland by increasing its military presence in western Russia.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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