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Ratas met with the King’s Royal Hussars

13. August 2019 - 15:18

Tapa, Lääne-Viru County, 13 August 2019 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas visited the Tapa Army Base to meet with the servicemen of the United Kingdom serving in Estonia as part of the NATO battlegroup. The regimen, consisting of the King’s Royal Hussars, gave the head of the government an overview of their equipment and their activities in Estonia.

According to Ratas, he was reaffirmed about the close partnership and cooperation with the United Kingdom last week, when he met Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK. “From Estonia’s standpoint, the presence of allies in the Baltic region is extremely significant and we will do everything in our power to be an excellent host to the British forces as well as all other allies. Based on what we heard in London and today in Tapa, we can rest assured knowing that we are successful in our efforts,” the Prime Minister said.

“Estonian security relies on independent defence capability and close cooperation with our allies in NATO. This summer, we witnessed a remarkable period when units of the infantry, navy, and air force of the United Kingdom were in Estonia at the same time. On the one hand, this shows the impressive contribution and dedication of the United Kingdom. On the other hand, however, it sends a clear message: the 70-year-old NATO is unified, the collective defence strong as iron, and Estonia is safe and cared for,” Ratas affirmed.

The NATO battlegroup stationed in Estonia is led by the United Kingdom, who has sent nearly 800 servicemen, Challenger 2 battle tanks, and Warrior tracked armoured vehicles. In addition to this, France and Iceland are currently part of the battlegroup.

Photos from the meeting with the servicemen:
https:Kohtumine UK eFP sõduritega, 13.08.2019

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