TALLINN, Apr 20, BNS - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Thursday thanked UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon for the decision of the United Kingdom to man the NATO battalion battle group stationed in Estonia.
The other topics talked about at the meeting were defense cooperation and the security situation, spokespeople for the Estonian president said.
The president thanked the UK for manning the NATO battalion battle group and emphasized that defense cooperation between the two countries has been excellent.
"NATO deterrence has been a hallmark of security – nobody has dared to take up arms against allies. The unanimous decisions made by NATO in Warsaw last year have brought soldiers of a NATO battalion battle group to Estonia by now. In the present security situation this ensures security for both Estonia and the whole alliance and signals that security of the allies cannot be divided into pieces," Kaljulaid said.
In addition, the participants in the meeting examined developments in NATO as well as the region's security situation more broadly. The president and the UK defense secretary also spoke about cooperation between the two countries and EU-UK relations in the light of Brexit.
Kaljulaid and Fallon contended that with the decisions of the NATO Warsaw summit a big step forward was made in ensuring security on the ground. "But security environment consists of 360 degrees around us – on the ground, in the air and at sea. When it comes to both airspace and maritime security we have the confidence that the contribution of NATO will increase," the head of state said.
The UK defense secretary thanked Estonia for its contribution to NATO and stressed that Estonia is one of the few allies that contribute more than the agreed 2 percent of GDP to national defense.
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