Members of the National Defence Committee will participate at the annual meeting of the defence committees of Baltic, Nordic, and Polish parliaments in Denmark. The discussion will focus on international and regional security.
The Chairman of the National Defence Committee Marko Mihkelson stressed the importance of Nordic and Baltic states cooperating as closely as possible in the field of defence in the current security situation, including at the parliamentary level. “Before the NATO Warsaw Summit, it is very important to also involve Sweden and Finland more closely to the formats of joint exercises and information exchange,” Mihkelson said.
The meeting will take place at the Danish island of Bornholm. It will be opened by the Chairman of the Defence Committee of the Danish parliament Rasmus Jarlov. The first panel will concentrate on Danish defence policy, with discussions on the military capabilities of Denmark, and its participation in international military operations. Other topics will include cooperation with Russia in the Arctic, and Denmark’s reaction to the aggressive behaviour of Russia.
The presentations and discussions in the second panel will concern Russia’s foreign policy: more precisely the EU and NATO reactions to the annexation of Crimea and the activities of Russia on the Baltic Sea and in Syria.
The Estonian delegation also includes members of the Committee Ants Laaneots and Oudekki Loone.
The Baltic defence committees started meeting in Lithuania in 1998. Since 2011, the delegations of the parliaments of the Nordic Countries and Poland have also been taking part in these meetings.
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