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DefMin Tsahkna: The United Kingdom can count on Estonia
Estonian Defence Minister Margus Tsahkna paid his condolences to the victims and their families in the wake of yesterday’s horrific attack in London and reconfirmed the strong Alliance bond between Estonia and the United Kingdom.
“An attack at the heart of London is yet another example that we are living at a worrisome period, where everybody is vulnerable”, wrote Defence Minister Tsahkna on his social media account.” “On behalf of all the defence people of Estonia I would like to offer my condolences to the victims’ families and wish a speedy recovery to all the people hurt. Our thoughts are with you.”
“Strong friendship matters most during hardships,” wrote Tsahkna. Today, the UK soldiers are already in Estonia, ready to assist us on defending our nation. By the same token, we will be good Allies to our UK friends. You can count on our unwavering support as we stand by you.”
During these weeks the UK-led 800 strong NATO enhanced forward presence battlegroup, joined by 300 French soldiers, will be arriving to Estonia.
In light of the changed security environment, the 28 NATO Allies decided last year in Warsaw to establish NATO battalion battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Estonia and the UK are tied by historic defence bonds and camaraderie, forged by the joint participation at international operations.
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.