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Head of the Estonian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) Raimond Kaljulaid and member of the delegation Marko Mihkelson participate in the Spring Session of the Assembly in Bulgaria, where the main defence and security issues of the Euro-Atlantic area, including further support to Ukraine and preparations for the Washington Summit in summer, will be discussed.

Before the Plenary Sitting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, discussions will be held in the committees of the Assembly on Saturday and Sunday. Kaljulaid is a member of the Defence and Security Committee and Mihkelson is a member of the Political Committee.

On Monday, the Assembly will come together for the Spring Session held in NATO’s 75th anniversary year. Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and Kerstin Lundgren, Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden that joined NATO in March, will speak at the plenary sitting. Minister of Defence of Ukraine Rustem Umerov will deliver an online address.

The debates at the plenary sitting will focus on two topics: first, the priorities of the NATO Summit to be held in Washington in July will be discussed, and then immediate and long-term support to Ukraine until it has won the war launched by Russia. Among other issues, both the strengthening of NATO’s coordinating role in assisting Ukraine and the implementation of NATO’s defence plans and commitments relating to defence spending will be addressed at the sitting. The NATO PA also plans to adopt a declaration on both topics of discussion at the sitting.

Head of the Estonian delegation Kaljulaid will also participate in the meeting of Nordic and Baltic heads of delegations, and the visit of the Defence and Security Committee to Novo Selo Training Area.

Riigikogu Press Service
Karin Kangro
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