Formin proposes to strengthen security cooperation between Estonia, United States

  • 2019-10-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu met on Wednesday with the US national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, and proposed to strengthen bilateral security cooperation between the two states.

The minister at the meeting thanked the United States for its security and defense assistance, to which Estonia attaches great value. 

"We are convinced that the defense of Europe requires the participation of the United States, which is why we greatly appreciate the United States' decision to deploy its forces in Poland," Reinsalu said. 

The minister called for greater military presence of the United States in Estonia and highlighted the importance of bilateral security cooperation between the two states in ensuring stability in the region.  

"What we want is to deepen cooperation with the United States in security and defense issues, which we affirmed in a joint statement made with [US Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo at yesterday's meeting, in which we also emphasized our dedication to NATO's collective defense and the strengthening of transatlantic relations," he said.

Reinsalu also attended a roundtable organized by the Atlantic Council think tank, with a focus on the Three Seas Initiative and its summit scheduled to take place in Estonia next year.