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NATO's head of intelligence and security visited Estonia

5. July 2020 - 8:45
NATO's head of intelligence and security visited Estonia
NATO's head of intelligence and security visited Estonia

Last week NATO's assistant secretary general for intelligence and security, David Cattler, visited Estonia. On Friday he met with the Defense Ministry's permanent secretary Kristjan Prikk, with whom he primarily discussed security threats stemming from Russia. The aim of the few day visit was to learn more about the Estonian and Baltic area and to receive an overview of security threats in the region.

"It's important for Estonia that in NATO's wider intelligence and security analysis and assessment, the complexities of our region are clearly understood. Proper intelligence and early warning allows us to avert threats emanating from Russia and if necessary to counter them,” said permanent secretary Prikk after the meeting.

In addition, they discussed strengthening NATO's defence and deterrence posture, the rising influence of China and the effects of NATO's southern and south-eastern conflicts on transatlantic security.

The Assistant Secretary General also visited Ämari airbase and Narva and met with the heads of the Estonian Defense Forces, Foreign Intelligence Service, Internal Security Service, Military Intelligence Centre and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

NATO's Assistant Secretary General for intelligence and security is responsible for ensuring that NATO's intelligence and security organisations work as an enterprise to provide the alliance with the necessary intelligence and situational awareness.

Further information: press[at]kaitseministeerium[dot]ee