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Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Estonia and the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Defence of Latvia, discussed further cooperation
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Jonatan Vseviov, hosted his Latvian colleague, Jānis Garisons, with whom possibilities for enhanced defence cooperation were mapped out.
The two discussed the topics of the approaching NATO Summit in Warsaw, questions concerning NATO's defensive positions and methods of deterrence, as well as bilateral and Baltic defence cooperation.
“I am happy to confirm that our views on the questions discussed are practically identical. Close defence related cooperation, as well as the presence of allies in the region, is very important to Estonian and Latvian security," said Vseviov. “We will continue to monitor developments concerning the security situation of the region and cooperate closely together. At the same time, I was pleased to be able to congratulate my colleague on Latvia’s consistent increase of its defence budget.”
Today, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Defence of Latvia visited the 1st Infantry Brigade’s Tapa armed forces campus, where Brigade Commander Lieutenant Colonel Veiko-Vello Palm gave an overview of the Brigade’s development plans and introduced the city’s infrastructure.
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.