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Vseviov: NATO’s eastern border requires a credible military presence
Permanent Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defence Jonatan Vseviov giving a presentation at the conference on the premises of the United States Senate.
Appearing at the conference “Defending Europe’s Eastern Flank” in Washington, D.C., Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Jonatan Vseviov emphasised the need for a credible military presence on NATO’s eastern border.
“The presence of Allied forces with greater political and military credibility is required to promote deterrance and protect the Baltic States. We are working towards that goal, to make sure that the corresponding decisions are made this summer at the NATO Summit in Warsaw,” said Vseviov yesterday, at the influential Atlantic Council think tank conference.
At the conference held on the premises of the United States Senate, Permanent Secretary Vseviov discussed topics relating to the NATO Summit with Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Ellen Tauscher, former U.S. Representative and Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.
At his meeting with Rob Wittman, Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, Vseviov thanked the U.S. Congress for its strong support of Estonia’s independence and security, from the policy of refusing to recognise annexation by the Soviet Union to the current funding of methods of deterrence. At the same time, Vseviov also confirmed that Estonia will continue funding national defence at 2% of GDP, to which additional allocations will be made to cover the costs of receiving Allied forces.
At his meeting with Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow, Vseviov discussed US security assistance to Estonia.
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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.