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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.
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.