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Luik spoke at the RAND Corporation about the defence of the Baltic Republics

12. March 2018 - 13:45

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik spoke in the United States at the RAND Corporation think tank about the military defence of the Baltic Republics.

Focusing on the role of the Allies, Luik cited three main factors. These are conflict prevention through deterrence, an immediate military response in the case of an attack, and, if necessary, the rapid provision of additional forces and supplies.

At the RAND Corporation, the Minister of Defence emphasised that one of the most important things, alongside deterrence and conflict prevention, is the rapid provision of additional forces and supplies, which must also be practiced during training exercises. This means, in addition to military resources and the presence of allies, a greater need and readiness to reposition NATO units and supplies based on need.

The think-tank is known for its reports regarding the defence of the Baltic Republics. The RAND Corporation has performed several analyses in which the independent defence capability of Estonia and the other Baltic Republics has been assessed, along with the readiness of allies to support us militarily.

‘Our assessments may differ in places, but the RAND Corporation has performed very important work when it comes to assessing the resources that are being used and that are required for the defence of Estonia,' said Luik.

Minister of Defence Luik ended his visit to the United States, during which he met with James Mattis, his U.S. counterpart.

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