Denmark’s Minister of Defense Sören Gade announced yesterday that the Danish military is interested in using Iceland’s international airport for air force exercises.
Gade also said in an interview with Morgunbladid that he considers it natural that Danish ships and airplanes around Iceland cooperate with Icelandic authorities on supervision.
“Our men are not supposed to fly past Iceland with closed eyes and not open them until they get to Greenland,” Gade said in the Morgunbladid interview. Greenland, the world’s largest island that lies west of Iceland, is a Danish territory.
The Danish defense minister said there is no plan at present for Danish airplanes to take part in regular supervision of Iceland on behalf of NATO, but said that it is a future possibility.
Gade and Iceland’s Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason will sign an agreement about increased cooperation between the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Danish Navy today.
Defense discussions between Iceland and Denmark began in December and will continue until February.