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Luik in Lisbon: NATO must pay attention to threats from all directions
The Minister of Defence met in Lisbon with the Minister of Defence of Portugal, José Azeredo Lopes, to discuss the NATO summit, scheduled for July, and topics relating to bilateral defence cooperation.
Defence Ministers Luik and Azeredo spoke about developing bilateral cooperation between Estonia and Portugal in the field of cyber defence and highlighted the need for joint EU-NATO cyber defence training exercises.
‘Estonia and Portugal share a common understanding on the growing importance of cyber defence. I am pleased that Portugal will soon be joining the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, in Tallinn,’ said Jüri Luik.
At the meeting, the ministers agreed that NATO must pay attention to threats from all directions.
‘Portugal is contributing to restraining the threats to NATO with an Army unit in Lithuania and participating in the Baltic air policing mission. ‘Estonia is raising its contribution to fighting threats from the south, planning to participate in the missions to Mali and Afghanistan,' added Luik.
During their meeting, the ministers of defence cited the importance of cooperation between the European Union and NATO in improving military mobility between Member States.
During his visit to Portugal, Minister of Defence Luik also visited NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces Headquarters, in Lisbon, the Portuguese Defence Industry Association, and met with members of the Portuguese Parliament's National Defence Committee.
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.