The Minister of Defence of Ukraine met with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Republic of Estonia

2021-10-05 17:41:00 | ID: 64586

On October 5, the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Taran met with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Republic of Estonia Kusti Salm. The Head of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry and the High Representative of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Estonia discussed a number of issues of mutual interest. Mr. Taran thanked Mr. Salm for Tallinn’s unwavering political support of Ukraine’s efforts to protect its sovereignty and restore its territorial integrity, as well as for its practical assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and for its strong position on the approach to our country within the Alliance.

— Political and diplomatic support of Ukraine by the Republic of Estonia, particularly of the strategic course of our country towards membership in Euro-Atlantic structures, is extremely important for us. We look forward to continuing consistent position of our friends in unblocking the meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the Ministerial level and granting an Action Plan for Membership in the Alliance, — indicated Andrii Taran.

Special attention was paid to the issues of bilateral defence cooperation in the field of military education, military training, as well as cooperation in cyber security. In this context, the Estonian experience in establishing the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn and Ukraine’s plans to join its activities were discussed.

Andrii Taran expressed his gratitude to the Estonian side for assistance in the treatment of wounded Ukrainian service personnel and their rehabilitation in Estonia, as well as for the decision, together with Germany, to deliver a field hospital developed by the Estonian company. This was made possible by a defence aid package approved by the Estonian Ministry of Defence.

The head of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry informed the interlocutor about the current security situation on the line of demarcation with the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in the Crimea and around the borders of our state. It was emphasized that the active phase of the West 2021 strategic exercise was used by the Russian authorities to further increase troops deployment along our state border with Russia and Belarus. The exercise has been completed, but not all military units have been redeployed back to their permanent locations.

The parties agreed to continue an intensive dialogue between the two countries on issues of defence cooperation. Mr. Salm reconfirmed the invitation of the Estonian side to Mr. Taran to visit the Republic of Estonia on a working visit at a time convenient for him.