Es­to­nian de­fence chief: co­op­er­a­tion among na­tions on NATO east­ern flank crit­i­cal

The Baltic Times - - COMMENTARY - BNS/TBT Staff

Dur­ing a meet­ing with col­leagues from the Baltic coun­tries, Viseg­rad coun­tries and Ukraine, Com­man­der of Es­to­nian de­fence forces Gen. Riho Ter­ras stressed the im­por­tance of co­op­er­a­tion among the coun­tries on the NATO east­ern flank.

"Close de­fence co­op­er­a­tion among the three Baltic coun­tries and the four Viseg­rad coun­tries is crit­i­cal in the present se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion for the de­fence of the en­tire al­liance, an im­por­tant part of which are the NATO bat­tle groups de­ployed to Es­to­nia, Latvia and Lithua­nia that can be in­te­grated into the de­fence forces of these coun­tries," Ter­ras said.

"En­sur­ing the se­cu­rity of the mem­bers of the al­liance can­not hap­pen in a vac­uum by co­op­er­at­ing with one an­other alone, and there­fore we de­cided at the meet­ing to con­tinue sup­port­ing Ukraine also in the fu­ture," he said.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the de­fence forces of Es­to­nia, Latvia, Lithua­nia, Poland, the Czech Repub­lic, Hun­gary, Slo­vakia and Ukraine took part in the meet­ing held in Krakow, Poland.

NATO bat­tle groups in­tended to strengthen the se­cu­rity of the al­liance have been de­ployed to Es­to­nia, Latvia, Lithua­nia and Poland since early this year. Hun­gary, one of the coun­tries of the Viseg­rad group, will send its in­fantry com­pany to train in Es­to­nia this sum­mer.

Es­to­nia has sup­ported Ukraine with train­ing in mil­i­tary and dis­as­ter medicine, as well as by help­ing train Ukrainian de­fence forces per­son­nel in Ukraine.

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