Minister of Defence Jüri Luik took part yesterday in the meeting of Ministers of Defence of the Northern Group, to discuss steps taken in developing military mobility.
According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, the development of military mobility in the Baltic region remains a priority for Estonia.
‘The Northern Group comprised of Estonia’s neighbours and close allies. We support solutions that help to remove bureaucratic hurdles to the faster and more streamlined movement of forces, to ensure the defence of the region,’ Luik added.
According to the Minister of Defence, Estonia is a role model when it comes to the rapid issuing of diplomatic permits and permits for the annual movement of military forces, for example, NATO aircraft and allied combat forces.
‘I hope that the countries of the Northern Group set a good example for other countries in Europe when it comes to developing military mobility,’ stated Luik.
Also discussed was the strategic role of the North Atlantic in the defence of the Baltic Sea region and strengthening the cooperation in strategic communications.
In 2018, the initial obligations for developing military mobility were agreed upon as a result of the meetings between NATO Ministers of Defence and the European Union Foreign Affairs Council.
In 2017, the Minsters of Defence of the Baltic states signed a joint communique, in which they agreed upon the faster movement of already present allied forces, reducing the processing period for permits from 48 hours to 24 hours.
The Northern Group was established in 2011 to discuss security and defence questions of importance to the northern members of NATO. In addition to Estonia, the members of the Nordic Battle Group include Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Holland.
Photo: Minister of Defence Jüri Luik participated in the meeting of Ministers of Defence of the Northern Group, development of military mobility were discussed.
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