Estonian, Dutch defense chiefs exchange thoughts about NATO's Warsaw summit
Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Riho Terras met with Dutch counterpart Chief of Defence of the Armed Force of the Netherlands Gen. Thomas A. “Tom” Middendorp in the Netherlands today, with whom he discussed topics on the agenda of NATO’s upcoming 2016 Warsaw Summit coming up in July.
According to military spokespeople in Tallinn, Terras remarked that “Face-to-face meetings and serving side by side serve to strengthen cooperation both within NATO and between its member states better than any documents or treaties.”
The Estonian chief of defense acknowledged the bilateral cooperation in training with Dutch armed forces, and was pleased to note that a Dutch mechanized infantry company with CV90 armored combat vehicles is slated to take part in this year’s Spring Storm military exercise in Estonia in May.
Terras, who was on a two-day official visit to the Netherlands, also discussed the security situation in Europe with Middendorp, as well as future plans for bilateral defense cooperation and joint trainings.
On Thursday, Terras visited Estonian service members attending an infantry fighting vehicle instruction course at a training center in Amersfoort.
NATO's 2016 Warsaw Summit is scheduled to take place on July 8-9.