Denmark to join NATO's missile defence system

Denmark has decided to join NATO's missile defence system, according to local media reports picked up by news agencies.

 
Denmark will contribute at least one frigate to NATO's missile defence system, the country's Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said after a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee last week.
 
"We will offer that one and more of our frigates can be outfitted with a radar that can be part of the missile defence. There was wide support for that (in the Foreign Affairs Committee)," Lidegaard was cited as saying by Denmark's newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
 
Denmark's Defence Minister Nikolai Wammen emphasized that the decision to join the missile defence system is not an action aimed at Russia. "It is to protect the Danes against rogues states, terrorist organisations and others that have the capacity to fire missiles at Europe and the US," he said.
 
However, according to Der Spiegel, Poland and the Baltic countries are proposing that the NATO anti-ballistic missile system ought to be focused on Russia. The proposal by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has been made as part of the preparations for the 4-5 September NATO summit in Wales. Germany and a number of other NATO members are thought to oppose the proposal and do not want to be seen to be provoking Russia unnecessarily.
 
According to Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, it will cost some 400-500 million Danish kroner (71-89 million US dollars) to equip Danish frigates with advanced radar equipment.
 
At the meeting, the Foreign Affairs Committee also decided that Denmark will send weapons and a contingent of troops to Iraq to fight the extremist Islamic State.