NATO Secretary General to visit Estonia

Jens Stoltenberg (AFP/Scanpix)
11/14/2014 3:00 PM
Category: Main news

Jens Stoltenberg, who assumed the position of Secretary General of NATO in October, will visit Estonia next week.

As Norway's former Prime Minister, Stoltenberg showed strong support for transatlantic cooperation and collective defense principles, which are important for Estonia.

“The purposeful joint action of NATO allies is very important. I believe that Stoltenberg, thanks to his long-term political experience, will lead NATO successfully through the most difficult of times,” former Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said, when Stoltenberg took up office last month.

Jens Stoltenberg became the new Secretary General on October 1, serving two terms as Prime Minister of Norway previously.

When assuming the post, Stoltenberg said that the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants, apparently calling into question post-Cold War agreements that have been shaken by Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine.

"Next year, at the ministerial meeting, we will take decisions regarding the so-called spearhead but, even before it is established, NATO has a strong army after all. We can deploy it wherever we want to," Stoltenberg told the Polish state broadcaster TVP Info, according to the Reuters.


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