Today, the delegation of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) starts its visit to Germany. The purpose of the visit, which lasts until Wednesday, is to thank our German allies for their visibility, and to repeat the requests regarding the presence of allies and the adjustment measures of NATO.
“Germany has been a very important partner for Estonia in the framework of both the European Union and NATO. At the meetings, we will focus on analysing the security situation and the steps that would contribute to strengthening the level of collective deterrence,” Chairman on the National Defence Committee Marko Mihkelson said.
“Of our European allies, Germany has during recent years perhaps contributed the most to enhancing the security of Estonia and other Baltic States. It has been done through several air policing missions and in various international cooperation formats, including participation in the work of the Cyber Defence Centre and the Baltic Defence College,” Mihkelson acknowledged the activities of the allies, and said that another contribution of Germany, the rotation of an infantry company, will be added next year.
Besides Mihkelson, the delegation of the National Defence Committee will also include the Deputy Chairman of the Committee Mart Helme and member of the Committee Johannes Kert.
In Berlin, the delegation will meet with the Defence Committee of the Bundestag, the commissioner for South-Eastern Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the representatives of the agency for the Common Security and Defence Policy, and the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defence. During the visit, the delegation will also meet the leaders of the Operation Headquarters of the Bundeswehr in Potsdam. Besides that, there will be meetings with the representatives of the Friendship Group for Relations with the Baltic States and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs).