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Baltic and Poland Defence Ministers meet in Tallinn
Baltic and Poland Defence Ministers meet in Tallinn.
Monday, Estonian Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, Latvian Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks, Lithuanian Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Polish Minister of Defence Mariusz Blaszczak met in Tallinn to discuss security and defence issues related to Baltic region.
‘I am pleased that our colleague from Poland was able to participate our meeting as well. Estonia enjoys very constructive defence cooperation with Poland, and several recent developments, with the help of Poland, have brought additional capabilities for defence and deterrence of the Baltic region,’ Minister of Defence Jüri Luik said.
‘Specifically, I am referring to the cooperation agreement concluded between Poland and the United States, whereby the United States will be increasing its presence in Poland to 5,500 troops. But also that, starting in January 2020, the Polish Air Force will be taking over the Baltic Air Policing mission at Ämari Air Base for the first time’. The Polish Air Force has completed eight rotations in Siauliai, Lithuania.
Ministers of Defence also discussed the outcomes of the NATO Leaders Meeting in London, last week.
‘The common position was that the Leaders‘ Meeting had a positive outcome for all the Baltic countries as well as to Poland, the discussion of the Baltic defence plan had a positive result, and we are pleased that we can move forward,’ Luik said.
The Ministers of Defence also discussed air defence issues concerning the Baltic region, upcoming major Allied exercise in the region in 2020 (US-led Defender 2020), and forthcoming defence discussions in the European Union.
Tuesday, Ministers of Defence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will also sign a joint communiqué on defence cooperation.