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Hanso: Estonia needs at least one NATO Allied Forces Battalion Combat Group
Retired generals Wesley Clark, Egon Ramms and Richard Shireff meeting today with Minster of Defence Hannes Hanso.
Retired generals Egon Ramms, Wesley Clark and Richard Shireff presented Minister of Defence Hanes Hanso with an overview of the report assessing the military readiness of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
“The report, prepared by retired generals Ramms, Clark, and Shireff, and Ambassador Jüri Luik, is extremely valuable in advance of the Warsaw Summit,” said Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso. “All that is left for me to do is to agree with the generals that Estonia needs a reliable deterrent in the form of at least one NATO Allied Forces Combat Capable Battalion Combat Group, in addition to our own two reserve brigades.”
In their report, the three retired generals, who served at the top level of the military side of NATO, and Ambassador Jüri Luik analysed a behavioural model, the actions and the military capability of the Putin regime, described NATO’s capability shortfall in the military defence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and made proposals to fill that shortfall.
The report stresses that states located on NATO’s borders must contribute more to national defence than the politically agreed upon 2 per cent of GDP within NATO, citing Estonia as an example. Estonia’s defence expenditures remained at the level of 2.07 per cent of GDP.
German General Ego Ramms has served as Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum; General Sir Richard Shireff has served as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and United States General Wesley Clark served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, during the Kosovo campaign.
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik participated in the meeting of European ministers of defence and foreign affairs, in Luxembourg, where he signed a letter of intent for the European Intervention Initiative proposed by France.
The International Centre for Defence and Security presented the Ministry of Defence with the findings of a study on the possibilities for strengthening the air defence capabilities of the Baltic Republics.