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President Kaljulaid and NATO Secretary General discuss alliance's adaptation to current security situation

President Kaljulaid and NATO Secretary General discuss alliance's adaptation to current security situation
President Kersti Kaljulaid met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Kadriorg
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07.09.2017

President of the Republic Kersti Kaljulaid met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Kadriorg today to discuss how the alliance is adapting to the current security situation. Also discussed were the development of the alliance's management structure and increased defence cooperation between NATO and the European Union.

"The cornerstone of trust in NATO's deterrence capabilities has always been its ability to adapt and adequately respond to what is going on in the world around it," said the Head of State at the meeting with the Secretary General. "Following the decision that was taken at the Warsaw summit to increase the alliance's presence in the Baltic States and Poland, actual steps have been taken very quickly and the north-eastern corner of NATO continues to be robustly defended. That said, NATO will have to develop its entire military management structure in the near future in line with the changed situation and in line with the additional tasks that have been appointed to it. An effective chain of command is the cornerstone of credible deterrence."

Defence cooperation between NATO and the European Union was also discussed at the meeting. "Working together is more important than ever," President Kaljulaid remarked. "In addition to boosting military mobility, it is also important from the point of view of the fight against terrorism and hybrid threats. The European Union's defence cooperation in no way represents competition to NATO, but the two can certainly bolster each other significantly," she added.

Further discussions focussed on the situation in Ukraine, cyber security and cooperation between the allied forces stationed in Tapa and the Estonian defence forces.

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