NATO’s supreme commander of allied forces in Europe and commander of U.S. forces in Europe, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, told journalists in Tallinn on Tuesday that the United States would remain committed to the allies’ transatlantic relationship.
As part of the ongoing U.S. military operation Atlantic Resolve, held to support Estonia and its neighbors, they were continually rotating new units into the area, upgrading its infrastructure, and prepositioning equipment to strengthen the allied relationship in Europe, the U.S. general said at a joint press conference with the commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), Gen. Riho Terras.
Scaparrotti is both the commander of NATO forces in Europe as well as all U.S. military units stationed on this side of the Atlantic.
Scaparrotti said that the NATO units to be stationed in Estonia as well as the rotating U.S. units were a response to Russian aggression in Crimea and Ukraine, and the resulting negative impacts.
“Our presence and the training exercises are measured steps in order for deterrence and defense to be proportionate,” Scaparrotti added.
During his visit, Scaparrotti also met with President Kersti Kaljulaid, Defence Minister Margus Tsahkna (IRL), chairman of the Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee Hannes Hanso (SDE), and commander of the EDF Gen. Riho Terras to discuss matters related to security and the presence of U.S. troops in Europe. He also laid a wreath at the War of Independence Victory Column in Tallinn.
Editor: Dario Cavegn