Mikser discusses transatlantic relations with US congressmen

A delegation of U.S. congressmen meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser in Tallinn. May 31, 2017. Source: (Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Wednesday discussed transatlantic relations and the current security situation in Europe with members of a delegation of U.S. congressmen in Tallinn.

Mikser emphasized the importance of the U.S. as Estonia's ally in NATO, but also more widely as well.

"The United States of America are and will remain the main force of European and transatlantic security," said the Estonian minister. "The presence of the U.S. in Europe, as well as a proactive stance on manny issues important to Europe,such as Ukraine, the Western Balkans and the situation in the southern neighborhood of Europe, is essential."

The visiting members of the U.S. Congress affirmed cross-party support for NATO collective defense and acknowledged Estonia for its level of defense spending.

The delegation consisted of U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and John Kennedy, R-La., and Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Phil Roe, R-Tenn.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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