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Minister of Defence Tsahkna met with the Deputy Secretary General of NATO

15. May 2017 - 11:01

The presence of the Allied unit in Estonia – only ten months after the decision was made at the NATO Warsaw Summit – shows the rapid ability of the Alliance to react to a changed security situation, said Minister of Defence Tsahkna, who me with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller on Friday. 

“Our NATO Allies have been made aware of the long-term change in our region’s security situation, and over the past few years the Alliance has performed valuable work in strengthening its position of deterrence and defence,” said Tsahkna.

The application of NATO and the current security situation were both discussed at the meeting. The Deputy Secretary General expressed interest in Estonia’s Presidency of the European Council and wishes, inside the framework of the presidency, to cooperate with Estonia to further promote NATO-EU cooperation.

Today, Deputy Secretary General Gottemoeller visited the Tapa armed forces campus and met with soldiers from the United Kingdom and France who are part of the NATO combat group. She also received an overview of the currently underway training exercise “Spring Storm”, in which many Allied units are participating.

Gottemoeller thanked Estonia for the warm welcome given to the NATO multinational combat group and said that she was pleased with the conditions provided for the soldiers and the Spring Storm training exercise.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller is also taking part in the Lennart Meri Conference, which starts today.