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Vseviov at the Pentagon: The lead role of the United State in NATO ensures its presence and response capacity
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Jonatan Vseviov, who is continuing with his visit to the United States, met at the Pentagon with Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, and U.S. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper.
At the meeting with John Rood, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence discussed the current state of transatlantic relations and the next steps in reinforcing NATO collective defence.
‘At the NATO Summit taking place in July of this year, in cooperation with the United States, we expect decisions to be taken that reinforce the leadership of the Alliance and expedite the readiness of NATO joint forces to quickly reinforce the region militarily’, said Vseviov.
At his meeting with Dr. Mark T. Esper, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence stated that the increase in the presence of US ground forces in Europe, in support of the European Deterrence Initiative and NATO’s eastern wing, reflects the collective defence of the US and NATO.
‘Together with our Allies, we are closely monitoring the security situation in the Baltic Sea region and within the vicinity of the borders of the Baltic states’, added Vseviov.
NATO battlegroups under Allied command are currently stationed in the Baltic states, and the US has stationed an additional armoured brigade as well as a battalion battlegroup in Poland.
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.