NATO's Assistant Secretary-General for Intelligence and Security David Cattler visited Estonia last week to learn more about the Baltic area and to receive an overview of security threats in the region.
On Friday, Cattler met with the defense ministry's permanent secretary Kristjan Prikk, and primarily discussed security threats stemming from Russia.
Prikk said: "It's important for Estonia that in NATO's wider intelligence and security analysis and assessment, the complexities of our region are clearly understood. Proper intelligence and early warning allow us to avert threats emanating from Russia and if necessary, to counter them."
The pair also discussed strengthening NATO's defense and deterrence posture, the rising influence of China and the effects of NATO's southern and south-eastern conflicts on transatlantic security.
The assistant secretary-general also visited Ämari air base and the eastern town of Narva, and met with the heads of the Estonian Defense Forces, Foreign Intelligence Service (Välisluureamet), Internal Security Service (ISS), the Military Intelligence Centre and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
NATO's Assistant Secretary-General for intelligence and security is responsible for ensuring that NATO's intelligence and security organizations work as an enterprise to provide the alliance with the necessary intelligence and situational awareness.
Editor: Roberta Vaino