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    Estonia: Danish fighter jets land at Amari

    TALLINN, Jan 10, BNS - The main portion of the Danish unit to serve alongside Britons in the NATO battle group in Estonia landed at the Amari air base on Wednesday to join the Danish staff officers already serving there since last spring.

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said when welcoming the Danish soldiers that their task is not only important to the Estonian people, but also to the Danish people and the whole NATO, military spokespeople in Tallinn said. "Your task is to deter and, if necessary, to protect Estonia so that there is no doubt that an attack against one member state equals an attack against the whole alliance," she said.

    Kaljulaid thanked all Danish soldiers and their families for being a part of the NATO battle group. "The reception of the Estonian people and soldiers will be welcoming and warm, while the weather will be cold and the training grueling," the head of state said.

    "The Danes are now here, in Estonia to carry out the NATO deterrence strategy with the United Kingdom. I remind you that in 2014 the fighter jets of the Royal Danish Air Force were the first planes of the allies that arrived at Amari in the framework of the Baltic air policing mission. The training of our army is supported by being connected to the Danish division," Defense Minister Juri Luik said, adding that the arrival of the Danish contingent will help to further strengthen long-standing ties between the two countries.

    According to commander of the Estonian defense forces Gen. Riho Terras, Denmark has made a great contribution to building up the Estonian defense forces and together Danish and Estonian soldiers have taken part in different foreign missions and the cooperation also continues today in Iraq. "The presence of the Danish strengthens the security of Estonia as well as the whole NATO and provides an opportunity to learn from each other and strengthen our allied relationship," he added.

    The combat hardware of the Danish contingent, including CV90 infantry fighting vehicles, is to arrive at the port of Paldiski on Thursday.

    Denmark will take over the tour of duty at the Estonian military base of Tapa from a French contingent, who will continue contributing to the region's security in Lithuania.

    The 1,200-strong NATO battle group made up of U.K. and French personnel started service in Tapa at the beginning of April 2017 and is part of the 1st Infantry Brigade. The lead nation of the battle group is the U.K.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814,

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 10.01.2018 17:03
    • LETA, BNS
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