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Estonia's Minister of Defence spoke to United States Senators about the new coalition government's security policy
Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso spoke, in Canada, to the delegation from the United States Senate about the security situation in Europe and discussed security related cooperation between the United States and Estonia.
“John McCain, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, had many questions for us about the course of foreign and security policy of our new coalition government,” said Minister of Defence Hanso. “I confirmed once again to the senators that for the new coalition government transatlantic communication is of key importance and there will be no changes in security policy. Quite the opposite, the new coalition government will be implementing a defence investment programme, with the objective of arming and supplying the Estonian Defence Forces at a faster rate and with even newer weapons.”
Eight United States senators and congressmen participated in the meeting with the Estonian Minister of Defence.
“I believe that the meetings over the course of a few days with 11 members of the United States Senate speak for themselves,” declared Minister Hanso. “Estonia and the United States share a common interest by continuing with reciprocal activities and strong cooperation.”
Minister of Defence Hanso is participating in the influential Halifax International Security Forum, in Canada. Last night, Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso spoke at the late night panel about the Putin regime and Russia.
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.