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Luik: Defence cooperation between Estonia and Poland helps to preserve regional security

9. October 2017 - 17:06
Luik: Defence cooperation between Estonia and Poland helps to preserve regional security

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik is beginning his two day visit to Poland today, where he will be discussing regional security and defence questions.

At his meeting with the Minister of Defence for Poland, matters related to the presidency of the Council of the European Union and the NATO summit taking place next year will be discussed.

According to Minister Luik, Estonia, as the current president, wishes to hear Poland’s positions on European Union defence cooperation, including PESCO and the European Defence Fund.

“Joint initiatives increase Europe’s ability to contribute to ensuring security and stability,” stated Luik.

At the same time, the initiatives must meet the needs of the separate member states and be in accordance with other existing obligations and the activity of NATO.

The visit will also help prepare for next year’s NATO summit. From the perspective of the Baltic and Polish region, the focus of the summit will be on raising the efficiency of NATO’s deployment strategy and military command structure.

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik is meeting in Poland with Antoni Macierewiczi, Minister of National Defence for Poland, and will be giving a speech at the War Studies University, where he will be speaking on regional security and defence cooperation.

Minister of Defence Luik thanked Poland for its current defence cooperation.

Poland has contributed to Baltic air defence, educational activities at the Baltic Defence College, NATO’s Force Integration Unit in Estonia, and the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

Poland has also participated in the training exercise Spring Storm, held in Estonia.