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Chairman of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Marko Mihkelson and member of the delegation Hannes Hanso participate in the autumn Session of NATO PA in Bucharest, where current concerns regarding international security, committee reports and policy recommendations for the coming year will be discussed.

In Mihkelson’s opinion, NATO has to extend the concept of deterrence by adding the capability to protect the society against massive influencing activities to conventional solutions. “The more resilient the society is, the more consistent the unity of the alliance and its readiness to ensure the security of its member states are,” Mihkelson said.

Hanso said that at the Warsaw Summit, very important decisions regarding the security of the Baltic Sea region, including the security of Estonia, had been made. “The importance of such topics as Romania and the Black Sea region to NATO must not be underestimated,” Hanso emphasised. “Russia’s aggression in Crimea and elsewhere in Ukraine has seriously changed military balance and security situation in this region.”

Hanso noted that NATO’s allies were present in Romania and it was necessary to discuss whether this presence was sufficient. He added that Romania had promised to keep its defence spending at two percent of GDP during the next 10 years, which deserved recognition.

During the NATO PA session, the meeting of the heads of delegations of the Bucharest Format will also be held, where the security situation in Central and East Europe will be in focus.

Saturday and Sunday are devoted to the sessions of five committees of NATO PA: the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security, the Defence and Security Committee, the Economics and Security Committee, the Political Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. The committees will discuss the issues relating to Russia and transatlantic relations, and the problems and challenges of the security in the Black Sea region. Developments and the impact of research in defence industry will also be spoken about.

President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Paolo Alli, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, President of the Senate of Romania Călin Popescu-Tariceanu, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania Nicolae-Liviu Dragnea and Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg will attend and address the Plenary Session on Monday.

The Parliament of Romania hosts the 63rd Annual Session of NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest. Nearly 300 delegates form 29 member states of NATO, and also the delegations from partner countries and observers participate in the Session.

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