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Minister of Defence Tshakna to the Secretary General of NATO: the best deterrence is action
Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna emphasised that the arrival of the Alliance’s combat group in Estonia is a clear demonstration of NATO’s viability, at the bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“The best means for communicating NATO’s deterrence capability is the continued active cooperation of Allies. The Alliance battlegroup that arrived in Estonia is the best sign of such active deterrence,” said Minister of Defence Tsahkna. “NATO has proven that it is ready to act quickly and efficiently. The presence of the Alliance in Estonia is an excellent indicator of the fact that NATO is ready to give out strong messages.”
Minister of Defence Tsahkna confirmed to Secretary General Stoltenberg that the recent intensification in cooperation between the European Union and NATO will also function through specific activities during the Estonian Presidency of the European Council.
“Estonia is interested in the continuation of close defence cooperation between the EU and NATO, and that the sharing of costs between Allies and sufficient investments into national defence remain on the agenda for Member States,” said Tshakna. “At its session held today in Brussels, the Government of the Republic approved Estonia’s accession to the EU initiative PESCO as one stage in the promotion of defence cooperation.”
The permanent structured cooperation mechanism (PESCO) is a cooperation model introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon, in which a group of Member States assumes more binding obligations. The general obligations of PESCO are associated with the development of national capabilities and participation in EU battlegroups. The five sectoral obligations are the connection between defence investments and joint procurements, the integration of capabilities, force generation, elimination of capability shortfalls and capability development.
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.