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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.
Servicemen from the United Kingdom, who are serving in Estonia within the framework of the presence of NATO, received mission medals at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence. Among others, a mission medal was presented to Colonel Giles Harris, Commander of the eFP Command in Estonia, who has been serving in Estonia since the arrival of the allied units in the spring of 2017.
Friday, Ministers of Defence from Estonia, Latvia and Denmark inaugurated Headquarters Multinational Division North, located at the Ādaži military camp, in Latvia. The purpose of Headquarters Multinational Division North is to enhance the defens capability of the region and connect the region’s forces with the Alliance’s highest Command Structure.