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    Estonian PM: Common challenges have given a boost to NATO-EU cooperation

    TALLINN, July 12 (LETA--BNS) - During an official dinner in Brussels on Wednesday evening, NATO heads of state and heads of government discussed current common security challenges and their effects on transatlantic security, including the effects of the actions of Russia, NATO-EU cooperation, and next joint activities.

    Also the leaders of the European Union -- Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker -- as well as President of Finland Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven participated in the dinner, spokespeople for the Estonian government told BNS.

    "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," Ratas said.

    The prime minister 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, he said.

    Ratas welcomed the invitation of Macedonia to begin membership talks with the North Atlantic alliance and affirmed that the NATO door remains open.

    Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser, Minister of Defense Juri Luik and Gen. Riho Terras, commander of the Estonian defense forces, are participating in the NATO summit that taking place in Brussels on July 11 and 12.

    • Published: 12.07.2018 10:10
    • LETA
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