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PermSec Vseviov met with US DepSecDef Work
On his visit to the United States, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Jonatan Vseviov met with Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and confirmed that the lead role of the United States in NATO and the Baltic Sea region is firm.
‘The United States recently published its proposed 2018 National Defence Budget, in which USD 4.7 billion has been set aside for strengthening the security of Europe’, noted Vseviov. ‘That is USD 1.3 billion more than in 2017, which shows the importance of NATO and the Baltic Sea region to the United States', said Vseviov.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Vseviov is on a visit to the United States in connection with the joint meeting of the Deputy Secretary of Defense of the United States and the permanent secretaries of the ministries of defence of the Nordic countries and the Baltic states.
‘My colleagues and I discussed the security situation in the Baltic Sea region, in regards to which we are in complete agreement', noted Vseviov. ‘We also exchanged information on the Russian Federation’s forthcoming training exercise Zapadi.’
The meeting of permanent undersecretaries is taking place at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, located in the state of North Carolina, where the visitors also received a demonstration of U.S. Marine Corps combat capability.
Meetings between the permanent secretaries of the Nordic-Baltic ministries of defence and the Deputy Secretary of Defense of the United States take place on an annual basis. The meeting, which took place on 1-2 June, was hosted by United States Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, who has been serving in the position since 2014.
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.