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The Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson discussed the security situation of the region and the cooperation of allies in the Baltic Sea with the commander of NATO naval forces and the Commander of US 6th Fleet Vice Admiral James G. Foggo, who is on a visit to Estonia.

“In the changed security situation, it is extremely important to increase the activities of the Allies in the Baltic region on land, at sea and in the air,” the Chairman of the National Defence Committee Marko Mihkelson said. “The constant and active operations of the Allies’ fleet to increase deterrence in the Baltic Sea are very important.”

Vice Admiral James G. Foggo assured at the meeting that he believes in NATO collective defence and Article 5. He also thanked Estonia for participating in NATO missions.

This summer, the largest military exercise of the Allies BALTOPS will be held in the Baltic Sea. Vice Admiral Foggo will also participate in it. Tomorrow he will attend the final planning conference of the exercise in Tallinn.

Members of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Marianne Mikko, Johannes Kert and Mart Helme also took part in the meeting. Commander of the Estonian Navy Captain (Navy) Sten Sepper and Ambassador of the USA Jeffrey D. Levine were also present at the meeting.

Vice Admiral James G. Foggo arrived in Estonia yesterday and will leave tomorrow. On his visit to Estonia, he will also meet with the Minister of Defence Sven Mikser, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Riho Terras, Deputy Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Artur Tiganik, Chief of Staff of the Headquarters Igor Schvede and Commander of the Estonian Navy Sten Sepper. Tonight James G. Foggo will attend the charity dinner of Carolin Illenzeer Foundation.

The headquarters of the US Naval Forces in Europe (NAVEUR) and the 6th Fleet are in Naples, Italy. The field of responsibility of NAVEUR and the 6th Fleet covers nearly half of the Atlantic, stretching from the Arctic to Antarctic and including the Adriatic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and North Seas.

Photos of the meeting.

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