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Prime Minister Jüri Ratas: common challenges have given a boost to NATO-EU cooperation

12. July 2018 - 8:35
Photo: Tauno Tõhk
Photo: Tauno Tõhk

Brussels, Belgium, 12 July 2018 – Yesterday evening at the official dinner NATO heads of state and government discussed current common security challenges and their, including Russia’s actions, effects on transatlantic security, NATO-EU cooperation and the following joint activities.

At the dinner the leaders of the European Union - Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker-, and President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan were also present.

NATO’s 29 heads of state and government discussed yesterday evening at the official dinner along with the leaders of the European Union - Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker-, and with the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven the current common security challenges.

“Allies were in agreement that the threats are different and complex, and the response to them has to be united and clear. This concerns both the reaction to Russian malicious activity, as well as to cyber-attacks and terrorism. In this regard, it is very important that NATO and the European Union have taken a significant step in developing cooperation between the two organizations over the past couple of years," said Ratas.

Ratas emphasized that the signing of the new Joint Declaration on cooperation between NATO and the European Union reflects the aspirations of the West to further ensure peace, stability, and economic prosperity. For Estonia, it is important to continue with military mobility in the field of NATO-EU cooperation. This makes the movement of NATO troops across the borders of the European Union member states faster and easier.

The Prime Minister welcomed that Macedonia was invited to begin membership talks on joining the North Atlantic alliance and affirmed that the NATO door remains open.

The NATO Secretary General’s press conference begins at 1.45 p.m. Estonian time and can be watched on the website of the NATO summit.

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, along with Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jüri Luik, Minister of Defence, and General Riho Terras, Commander of the Defence Forces, are participating in the NATO summit that takes place in Brussels on 11 and 12 July.

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