Press briefing 24 February 2022

Russian invasion will have major consequences

Published 24-02-2022

Hosts: The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Minister of Defence Morten Bødskov and Chief of Defense Flemming Lentfer.

Russia has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and attacked several major cities. It is an attack on a peaceful, free and sovereign nation, said Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

Denmark and its allies stand together to condemn the invasion - and it will have major consequences for Russia.

Denmark is on Ukraine's side, and will support and help.

Some sanctions have already been decided - and more will come. It must have major consequences and costs for Russia.

National and NATO preparedness is strengthened, and NATO has launched its defence plans.

There is no concrete threat to Denmark, but the European security structure is threatened. The situation will affect Denmark - the economy, energy, business and commodities.

The military preparedness is strengthened - and Denmark will follow three humanitarian tracks: Aid to Ukraine, aid to neighboring countries, and Denmark must prepare to receive refugees.

The Danish government expects a prolonged international crisis.

Russia's ambassador has been summoned to a meeting and informed Denmark's position on the Russian invasion.

The Folketing supports the introduction of the strongest sanctions, and the Foreign Policy Board has been convened. The Folketing will urgently consider Danish contributions to NATO's forces already tonight.

The Danish embassy in Kyiv is temporarily closed, and there are now limited means to help the approximately 100 Danes who are still in Ukraine.

There are no direct military threats to Denmark, but the Baltic countries are concerned. Denmark will contribute to the defence of our allies. In Lithuania we have four Danish fighter jets and there are two fighter jets on Bornholm. In addition, two fighter jets will be able to patrol over Poland.

A frigate has been called home from the Gulf of Guinea so that it can contribute to the Baltic Sea, and more than 200 Danish soldiers will be sent to Estonia.