Today, Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Enn Eesmaa participated in the video conference of the chairs of the national defence committees of the parliaments of the Nordic and Baltic cooperation format (NB8). The discussion focused on strengthening of defence cooperation, the relations between Ukraine and NATO as well as the defence cooperation between Belarus and Russia.
Eesmaa pointed out that the exchange of information and the defence cooperation between the countries of the Nordic-Baltic cooperation format had strengthened and delivered essential values in several spheres. At the meeting with his colleagues, he said that there could be even greater cooperation in increasing the situation awareness of countries, in developing capabilities and in joint procurements, as well as in military exercises and cyber defence. “The defence cooperation of the Nordic and Baltic countries has been a success and we hope it will continue to be so. We all will win from closer cooperation, be it bilateral or multilateral,” Eesmaa added.
The Chairman of the National Defence Committee affirmed Estonia’s firm support to Ukraine, and noted that Estonia kept the situation there under the focus of international organisations, including the UN Security Council, where Estonia will hold the Presidency in June this year.
The video conference was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna. Stefanishyna gave the National Defence Committee an overview of the latest developments in Ukraine and underlined the importance of the joint support and clear positions of the European Union and the international community.
NB8 is the Nordic-Baltic cooperation format that has been bringing Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania around the same table since 1992.
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