The DCA would grant U.S. soldiers access to Finland's air force bases, naval bases, garrison areas, training areas, storage areas and Border Guard barracks.
This agreement would also enable the U.S. forces to preposition defense equipment, supplies and material in the territory of Finland, and would allow for the entry and movement of U.S. aircraft, vessels and vehicles.
In August 2022, Finland opened negotiations with the United States on a DCA. These were concluded in October 2023.
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Finland will deploy US troops on the border with Russia. On December 18, the countries will sign an agreement on defense cooperation, Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen said.
The government of Finland proposes to authorize Defense Minister Antti Hakkanen (or in his absence Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen) to sign the DCA on Dec. 18 in Washington D.C.
Since the DCA contains provisions of a legislative nature, it is subject to approval by Finland's Parliament.
On Thursday, the Finnish government also said it is closing crossing points at its land border with Russia once again, from Friday evening until Jan. 14, 2024.
According to Interior Minister Mari Rantanen, the arrival of asylum seekers resumed immediately, and the phenomenon was accelerating. She said that the situation on the eastern border creates a national security risk.