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Estonian PM: NATO to continue to strengthen its collective deterrence, defense capability

TALLINN, Jul 11, BNS - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, who is at present participating in the NATO summit, affirmed that NATO will continue to strengthen its deterrence and defence posture to be able to respond to all threats.

The first discussion of the NATO summit that started on Wednesday concentrated on transatlantic unity, strengthening NATO's deterrence and defense posture, and fair burden-sharing, government spokespeople said.

"The discussion at the NATO summit today clearly showed that allies understand the importance and the role of NATO in guaranteeing transatlantic security," Ratas said after the end of the first working session. "As a result of the decisions made today, the alliance will continue to strengthen its deterrence and defense posture to be able to respond to all threats. In addition, the amount of allied forces in high readiness will increase and the ability to move additional troops in Europe and across the Atlantic Ocean, when needed, will improve," the prime minister added.

The allies were also committed to increasing their defense expenditure. "Most NATO allies are moving towards the set goal of two percent, as well as investing at least 20 percent of their defense budget in major procurements and research and development activities," Ratas said.

Heads of state and government also approved the mechanism which allows the alliance to use the allies' cyber capabilities during operations. "Estonia supports NATO in strengthening its deterrence and security position towards cyberspace, as well," Ratas said.

"Strengthening NATO's deterrence and defense posture in cyber is also important, because today's threats derive also from cyber," the prime minister said. "This will be supported by a mechanism approved by the heads of state and government, which allows the alliance to use allies' cyber capabilities in NATO operations."

At dinner, the heads of state and government will discuss with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of Finland Sauli Niinisto, and the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven the challenges of European security and the cooperation between NATO and the European Union based on the new joint declaration between NATO and the European Union that was signed on Tuesday.

During the work-oriented dinner, the ministers of foreign affairs of NATO and their colleagues from Jordan, Tunisia, and Iraq will concentrate on the threats coming from the south, increasing the stability of their partners, and improving the defence capabilities of their partners.

During the official dinner of the ministers of defense of NATO, the member states will discuss the development of NATO's deterrence and defense position.

Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814, sise@bns.ee

Baltic News Service

Published: 11.07.2018 18:49

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