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    Estonian PM: All countries participating in NATO eFP expressed support to it

    BRUSSELS, Jul 11, BNS - All countries contributing to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) at the NATO summit expressed support to it and expressed the wish to continue as part of it, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas told journalists at the NATO headquarters on Wednesday evening.

    "News came yesterday and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated it today that they will continue in Latvia for the next four years [until 2023 - BNS]. The United Kingdom, Germany, France and Denmark also wish to continue," Ratas said after the first discussion session of the NATO summit, adding that quite a few countries also mentioned the Baltic air policing mission.

    "All decisions that had been prepared received an unanimous approval," the prime minister said in response to a question by BNS on whether the leaders also approved NATO's new military command structure.

    Thus, NATO leaders on Wednesday approved two new commands -- the Atlantic Command and the logistics command -- and the establishment of a cyber operations center, as well as issuing the invitation to Macedonia for launching accession talks.

    When it comes to the new training mission of the Iraqi security forces, Ratas said it is not yet clear who and how much will contribute.

    Regarding the unofficial conversations held with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the fringes of the summit on Wednesday, Ratas said that he discussed with May issues concerning the NATO battalion located in Estonia and led by the United Kingdom as well as the essence of Brexit and the British government's dinner on Friday at the prime minister's country residence at Chequers, where the agreement regarding the state's strategy for the stage concerning the future relations of the Brexit talks was born.

    NATO at the Warsaw summit in 2016 decided to deploy approximately 1,000-member battle groups of allied forces to the Baltic countries and Poland. The battle group in Estonia is led by the United Kingdom, while Canada leads the battle group stationed in Latvia, Germany is the leader of the battle group in Lithuania and the United States heads the battle group in Poland.

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 11.07.2018 19:44
    • LETA, BNS
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