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German Federal Minister of Defence arrives in Estonia for a visit

5. February 2019 - 20:00
German Federal Minister of Defence arrives in Estonia for a visit
German Federal Minister of Defence arrives in Estonia for a visit

Today, German Federal Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Estonia to meet with Estonian Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and the German Air Force personnel stationed at Ämari Air Base as part of the NATO Air Policing mission.

According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, participation by Germany in the NATO Air Policing mission and in the NATO Battle Group in Lithuania is the most visible contribution to the security of our region and shows Germany's readiness to defend its allies. ‘The presence here of the German Air Force is an important sign of Allied unity, which Estonia and Germany both value highly,' said Minister of Defence Luik.

German Air Force has participated NATO Baltic Air Policing mission since 2005 and is the Framework Nation for the NATO enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania.

According to Federal Minister of Defence, Estonia’s security also means Germany’s security and our concerns are their concerns. ‘I know that we are able to rely on each other, whether it is here, or in Afghanistan or Mali, where our servicemembers are serving shoulder to shoulder,' said Federal Minister of Defence von der Leyen.

Estonia and Germany have long-term defence coopeartion, several of our servicemembers have studied in Germany, and German troops are participating regularly in Estonia´s annual training exercises.

In addition, Germany is one the contributing nations to the NATO Force Integration Unit and NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn as well as is one of the active supporters of the Baltic Defence College, located in Tartu.

Photos of the event.

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