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Reinsalu and Stoltenberg: NATO’s collective defence works unconditionally even with the escalation in Syria

18. October 2019 - 18:07
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the situation in Syria, support for Ukraine, transatlantic cooperation and the upcoming NATO meeting of Heads of State and Government.

Both the Estonian Foreign Minister and the NATO Secretary General noted that Turkey’s security concerns in northeastern Syria should be resolved with political and diplomatic efforts, not by militarily means.

Urmas Reinsalu and Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the agreement of Turkey and the United States to cease military actions in Syria. “The situation in the Middle East has escalated; however, Article 5 on collective defence continues to work unconditionally,” Reinsalu said. “Our dialogue with Turkey is also driven by the knowledge that Turkey is an important partner for the European Union, a NATO ally and a member of the Global Coalition to counter Daesh. Turkey has also played a crucial role in managing the migration crisis,” the Foreign Minister added.

The meeting also reiterated the need for continued solidarity with Ukraine to counter Russia’s aggression. A visit to Ukraine of the North Atlantic Council is scheduled for late October.

The NATO meeting of Heads of State and Government in London at the end of the year is expected to signal the continued central role of NATO in ensuring Euro-Atlantic security.

Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHMfASv

Additional information:

Armo Vask
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
armo.vask@mfa.ee
+372 637 7618
+372 5666 8581

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