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Large NATO Exercise to Take Place in Baltics in Fall

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This fall, the Baltic region will host NATO's biggest collective defense exercise of the last ten years.

The maneuvers, named 'Steadfast Jazz,' will take place in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Estonia will participate with one infantry company as well as staff officers and civilian officials, the Ministry of Defense said in a press release on Thursday.

“The aim of the training exercise is to defend Estonia in a situation where we have been attacked and Article Five of the NATO treaty has been activated. This will give us a chance to practice collective defense and will help NATO prepare for all possible attacks in every NATO region,” said Minister of Defense Urmas Reinsalu.

The maneuvers were announced at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels. The ministers agreed to more training activities in the coming years and a more extensive exercise in 2015.

The goal of further training exercises is to keep up the momentum of military cooperation in the post-Afghanistan era, the ministry said.

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