On July 21 Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas had a remote meeting with the newly appointed Minister of Defence of Estonia Hanno Pevkur to congratulate him on the new position and discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Ministers discussed concerted efforts to ensure stronger regional security and defence.
“We will continue cooperation initiatives and projects we have with Estonia, such as acquisition of HIMARS from the United States or the agreement on enhanced Baltic defence that’s in progress. We will work together also to deliver on the decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Madrid concerning the defenses in the eastern flank of the Alliance. We are looking forward also to our close cooperation as we move closer towards the NATO Summit in Vilnius in 2023. It is an opportunity we have to avail of,” said Minister A. Anušauskas
H. Pevkur praised the close cooperation between Lithuania and Estonia on defence and underscored the necessity to continue strengthening it. Ministers agreed to hold an in-person meeting soon to discuss relevant issues in more detail.
Estonia presides over the Baltic Defence Cooperation this year. The Baltic states have been cooperating most intensely on officer training at the Baltic Defence College, NATO Air Policing, maritime forces and joint exercises in the recent years. The also synchronize capabilities, coordinate joint procurements, arrange joint exercises, training events and workshops, and cooperate at individual service level.