Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet met with James Heappey, Minister for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, to discuss military co-operation between Estonia and the United Kingdom within the framework of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) and the Baltic Air Policing mission (BAP), as well as the security situation along the borders of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus, and the behaviour of the Russian Federation, which is aggressive and destabilising, both in its immediate neighbourhood and beyond.
‘Bilateral defence co-operation between Estonia and the United Kingdom is very substantial and diversified. The contribution of the United Kingdom to security in the Baltic region and their lead role in eFP has been extraordinary. In addition, we are working together with the British in several other cooperation formats, such as the Joint Expeditionary Force and the Northern Group,’ said Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet, according to whom both the presence and unity of our Allies are important in the face of escalating tensions in our region.
According to Laanet, bilateral co-operation will gain new impetus in connection with the innovation agreement for NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA), which was signed in October. DIANA aims to link the research and development centres of NATO Member Countries and support technological progress. The joint tender with the United Kingdom will increase opportunities to implement the ideas proposed within the framework of DIANA and to promote defence co-operation.
In addition to the meeting with the Minister of Defence, James Heappey spoke at the ABCD (Annual Baltic Conference on Defence) conference in Tallinn, and visited the NATO Battlegroup stationed at Tapa.
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