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Estonia concluded a political agreement with Latvia and Lithuania for the rapid movement of NATO Allied Forces
At the Permanent Representation of Estonia to NATO, at NATO Headquarters, in Brussels, Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna, along with Latvian Minister of Defence Raimonds Bergmanis and Lithuanian Minister of Defence Raimundas Karobilis, signed a joint communiqué for the faster and simpler movement of NATO Allied Forces within Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
“The purpose of the joint communiqué is to achieve the legal capability by June to receive NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) within 24 hours and prepositioned units within 48 hours,” said Minister of Defence Tsahkna. “Bureaucracy and the borders of member countries should not hinder the readiness and fast movement of NATO Allied Forces”.
Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna is participating in a two-day meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels.
By way of a competition, the Supervisory Board of the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) selected Sven Sakkov, who is currently serving as Director of the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, as the Centre’s new Director.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence presented retiring Lieutenant Colonel Mark Wilson, Commander of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence battalion battle group, with the Third Class Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence for his notable contribution to preparations for, and implementation of, the expanded Allied presence.