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Baltic ministers of defence confirmed the need for the continuation of close cooperation
The ministers of defence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who met in Daugavpilsis, Latvia, confirmed that the good defence related cooperation between the three countries must continue in order to ensure the defence of our countries.
‘The international Allied battalion combat groups that were approved at the NATO Warsaw Summit have arrived in our respective countries, although the rapid and successful implementation of this decision has not been accompanied by the end of history,' said Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna. ‘We must continue working to strengthen our security, so that the position of deterrence would be wholly adequate and appropriate to the situation.’
The ministers of defence discussed the development of joint cooperation projects and working together as host countries for the NATO combat groups. The consequences of NATO’s recent special meetings and possible cooperation in the fight against terrorism were covered.
Minister of Defence Tsahkna gave his colleagues an overview of the priorities in the field of security for Estonia’s upcoming Presidency of the European Council.
After the meeting, the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Ministers of Defence signed a joint communiqué, confirming the continuation of close cooperation.
The Minsters of Defence of the Baltic states meet regularly twice a year, in order to exchange ideas on joint defence cooperation projects and the topic of developments in the field of security.
This summer, the allies will be carrying out large-scale training exercises on the Baltic Sea. The United States will be leading the annual international Baltic region training exercise BALTOPS, while the United Kingdom will be leading the deployment exercise Baltic Protector.