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