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Foreign Minister Reinsalu: only a united West can ensure the protection of our rights

9. October 2019 - 18:16

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu spoke at an event organised by The Heritage Foundation, which focused on transatlantic cooperation and security. He also attended the think tank’s round table on Russia.

In his speech, the Foreign Minister underlined the importance of transatlantic unity and security cooperation and added that in a world that is becoming increasingly dangerous for the Western democratic way of life, the political and military reinforcement of NATO is inevitable. “Only by working together, by strengthening transatlantic bonds, can we ensure that Western democracy not only survives the 21st century, but also thrives beyond that,” the Foreign Minister said.

According to Urmas Reinsalu, NATO has made a lot of progress in recent years, both in terms of defence spending as well as reinvigorating collective defence, but efforts must continue. “Work on collective defence can never end. We need to get better on readiness and the speed of decision-making, on planning and exercises, we need to get better in our ability to reinforce all regions of the Alliance, even in a crisis,” the Foreign Minister added. According to him, it is critical that the United States actively participates in the security of Europe.

Today, the Foreign Minister is set to meet with the National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and the agenda also includes transatlantic cooperation and regional security.

The Foreign Minister will also attend the round table organised 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.

The Foreign Minister’s speech at the think tank:

Photos from the visit (the gallery is being updated):

Additional information:
Liisa Toots
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Media Adviser, Communication Department
+372 637 7628

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