Yesterday, during his visit to Great Britain, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Jonatan Vseviov met with his counterpart, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Stephen Lovegrove, and visited the National Cyber Security Centre.
At their meeting, Lovegrove and Vseviov discussed the topics of the Enhanced Forward Presence of NATO allies, the upcoming NATO Summit, cyber defence and bilateral defence cooperation.
The Permanent Secretaries discussed the next steps to be taken to improve NATO’s reinforcement capabilities, which are important when it comes to reinforcing the Enhanced Forward Presence and broader stance of the Alliance.
‘When it comes to reinforcing NATO’s deterrence and defence posture, the positions of Great Britain and Estonia are similar. The key priorities in reinforcing the Alliance’s defence capability are speed, which requires an improvement of the deployment capability for forces, and continuing to adapt in all domains to the changed security situation, including the cyber domain', said Jonatan Vseviov.
Closer cyber cooperation was also a topic at the meeting between the Permanent Secretaries. According to Vseviov, the close defence related relations between the two countries serves to provide an excellent foundation on which to promote cyber defence cooperation, including within the framework of joint training exercises.
Vseviov and Lovegrove also discussed bilateral defence cooperation, an integral part of which is joint operations. ‘In February, the Riigikogu approved the dispatching of active servicemen from Estonia to Afghanistan, where they are participating in the mission Resolute Support, together with units from Great Britain and the United States,' said Vseviov.
Great Britain has also announced the decision to contribute to the French led Operation Barkane, in the Sahel region, for which the Ministry of Defence is planning on requesting a mandate for participation in the coming weeks.
Jonatan Vseviov also thanked Permanent Secretary Lovegrove for Great Britain’s leading role in Enhanced Forward Protection in Estonia.
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