Defence Minister Kalle Laanet met yesterday with Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Minister of Defence of Hellenic Republic, to discuss developments in the Baltic Sea region relating to regional security, the European Union and NATO, as well as bilateral defence cooperation. One of the important topics at the meeting was the situation on the Lithuanian-Polish border, in connection with the hybrid attack being carried out by Belarus, and its immediate impact on the security of the Baltic Sea region and the European Union.
According to Minister of Defence Laanet, Estonia supports NATO’s 360-degree approach to security and takes the threats to Europe from the east and south seriously. “Unity between the Allies is needed now more than ever. The use of migration as a weapon by Belarus has clearly led to a deterioration in the security situation throughout the region,” noted Laanet, who said that it was also important to maintain focus on the deterrence and defence posture, as well as collective defence, when preparing NATO’s new strategic concept. Laanet also considered it an important opportunity to discuss the bilateral development of defence cooperation with the Minister for National Defence of Hellenic Republic.
The Minister of National Defence of Hellenic Republic, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, confirmed that “we share the same values, principles and understandings of peace, security and stability, both in the Baltic region and in the Balkans.” “Developments in the neighbouring area impact security and stability in the region as well as throughout Europe. In Belorussian border we must make sure that we do not allow weaponisation and migration by state actors,” Panagiotopoulos added.
As part of the visit, the Minister of National Defence of Hellenic Republic, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, will visit the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and speak at the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD) on 10 November.
Next year will mark 100 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Hellenic Republic.
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