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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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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.