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Prime Minister will participate at the NATO summit along with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence, and Commander of the Defence Forces

11. July 2018 - 6:10

Stenbock House, Tallinn, 11 July 2018 – Today and tomorrow, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will participate at the NATO summit along with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, and Commander of the Defence Forces General Riho Terras.


The NATO summit in Brussels will focus on transatlantic unity, fair burden-sharing, strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence posture, and cooperation between NATO and the EU. Allies will also meet with heads of state of Georgia and Ukraine and have a meeting in the format of the NATO-led non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. An invitation will be given to Macedonia to start accession talks.


“The Brussels Summit will bring together 29 heads of state and government to discuss how the transatlantic alliance could continue to be up to their task. Hopefully the decisions made at the summit will strengthen the security of Estonia and of all our Allies,” said Prime Minister Ratas.


“Estonia looks forward that as a result of the summit the number of high readiness forces will be increased and the capability of NATO to move allied forces quickly in Europe as well as across the Atlantic Ocean will be improved. These decisions will help NATO and its allies to respond faster in a crisis and to ensure needed support for the forces already in the region,” said Prime Minister Ratas.


On the margins of the NATO summit Minister of Defence Jüri Luik will sign an agreement between Denmark, Latvia, and Estonia to establish Multinational Divisional Headquarters North and sign a framework agreement to procure precision-guided munition.


Detailed information about the meeting of heads of government, ministers of foreign affairs, and ministers of defence is available here: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events_156556.htm

More information: Urmas Seaver, +372 5039907, press[at]riik[dot]ee

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