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Minister of Defence Luik discussed the situation in Mali and Belarus with European allies

26. September 2020 - 9:30
Minister of Defence Luik discussed the situation in Mali and Belarus with European allies.
Minister of Defence Luik discussed the situation in Mali and Belarus with European allies.

On Friday Minister of Defence Jüri Luik took part in the European Intervention Initiative (EI2) meeting where the security situation in Belarus and Mali was discussed. In addition, the ministers discussed transnational defence co-operation in today’s security environment (including COVID conditions).

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik stated, Estonia is pleased with the level of defence co-operation between the countries within the framework of the European Intervention Initiative, and it is very important that the Defence Ministers of Member States continue their regular discussions on key issues related to European security.

‘Today, we discussed a number of issues with our colleagues that are directly affecting European security. There are many of key problems; however, the focus today was on Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaign, and the events in Belarus and Mali. I am pleased that the countries were in agreement on the need to quickly reach a consensus on additional European Union sanctions against Belarus, and that they expressed their support for the people of Belarus’, said Luik.

The goal of the European Intervention Initiative is to bring together like-minded European countries who share a common understanding of the security threats facing Europe, have similar strategic interests, and are capable of jointly carrying out military operations at any geographic point around the world.

The following countries have thus far joined the French-led European Intervention Initiative: Estonia, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Italy.

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