President meets with British defense secretary Fallon ({{commentsTotal}})

President Kersti Kaljulaid meeting British defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon (left), Apr. 20, 2017.
President Kersti Kaljulaid meeting British defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon (left), Apr. 20, 2017. Source: (Presidendi kantselei)

President Kersti Kaljulaid met with British defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon in Tallinn on Thursday. The president thanked Fallon for the United Kingdom’s contribution to the new NATO battle group in the Baltic states.

Kaljulaid stressed that cooperation in national defense between the two countries had been very successful. In their meeting, the president and Fallon discussed developments in NATO as well as the region’s security situation on the whole. Bilateral cooperation and matters related to the United Kingdom’s leaving the European Union were also on the agenda.

The decisions made in 2016 at the alliance’s summit in Warsaw had brought the NATO battle group, and increased the alliance’s deterrent, the president said. “In the current security situation, this guarantees safety for Estonia as well as the whole alliance, and is a sign that the security of the allies cannot be divided,” Kaljulaid added.

The president and Fallon agreed that the decisions made in Warsaw represented a great step forward to ensure security on the European continent. Kaljulaid welcomed that NATO is increasing its effort in terms of air and sea defense as well.

Fallon thanked Estonia for its contribution to NATO and stressed that Estonia was one of the few allies who invested more than 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) in national defense.

Editor: Dario Cavegn