On Tuesday, Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) spoke with Gen. Tod Wolters, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, about the security situation of the region and the presence of United States military in Estonia.
In a video call, Luik emphasized that the security situation in the region has not improved, as shown by Russia acquiring a new missile system that can endanger the entire alliance.
Luik thanked Gen. Wolters for his success in strengthening NATO's deterrence and defense posture and both sides reaffirmed that allies will proceed with their agreed upon actions.
The Minister of Defense also thanked Wolters for the presence of U.S. military in Estonia and the region. "The presence of U.S. B-1 and B-52 aircraft, along with MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in Estonia sends a clear signal about the unity of the allies."
He added that the option of including these aerial vehicles in training exercises is very valuable to the work of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF).
Gen. Wolters added that allied presence in Estonia is supported by the infrastructure and support given by the host country.
The NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe and defense minister Luik also talked about NATO's key role in supporting other member states throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste