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Estonia renews defense cooperation agreement with USA

Tuuli Duneton (right) and Celeste Wallander signing the Estonia-U.S. defense cooperation agreement for 2024-2028.
Tuuli Duneton (right) and Celeste Wallander signing the Estonia-U.S. defense cooperation agreement for 2024-2028. Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Representatives of Estonia and the United States of America signed a defense cooperation agreement for the coming years in Washington, D.C.

Tuuli Duneton, undersecretary of defense policy for the Estonian Ministry of Defense, and Celeste Wallander, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense, have signed the Estonia-USA security cooperation plan for 2024-2028, the Ministry of Defense said Sunday.

"As an affirmation of strong allied relations between Estonia and USA, we have renewed our defense cooperation agreement, with U.S. military presence in Estonia, contribution to developing the division, cyber defense cooperation and joint Baltic defense tenders at its heart," Duneton said.

The agreement also covers cooperation in hosting allied units, developing the necessary infrastructure and several other fields of common interests.

"We have also reaffirmed support for Ukraine until its sovereignty and territorial integrity are restored. With this goal in mind, we will continue working with the U.S. Department of Defense in training, equipping, advising and helping the Ukrainian armed forces," the undersecretary added.

Cooperation between Estonia and the U.S. helps strengthen Estonia's independent defensive capacity, Baltic Sea security and NATO allied relations, the ministry emphasized.

The first defense cooperation agreement between the two countries was signed in 2019. The U.S. has signed a similar mutual cooperation plan with Latvia and Lithuania.

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Editor: Mait Ots, Marcus Turovski

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