The governments of Estonia and U.S. entered a defence cooperation agreement, which will cover jointly conducted military, training and procurement operations throughout the next five years.
The ‘Estonia-United States Roadmap for Defence Cooperation for 2019–2024’ has been signed by Kadi Silde, Undersecretary for Defence Policy at the Estonian Ministry of Defence, and Kathryn Wheelbarger, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Affairs, last week at the Pentagon. The document covers cooperation between two close NATO allies in such fields as: capacity development, defence-related aid, cyber defence and training.
According to the Estonian MoD, the new defence cooperation agreement will help both sides reach a number of strategic goals, including acceleration of defence investments and promotion of defence related joint procurements by the Baltic states, as well as boosting Estonian capability development in the field of cyber security.
‘The basis for the strong alliance between Estonia and the United States has been long-term and multifaceted defence related cooperation, which we are once again confirming with the new roadmap’, said Kadi Silde.
By the signing of the document Estonia joins two other Baltic states, Latvia and Lithuania, which have already entered or renewed such agreements with the USA. Each of them regard NATO, and especially the U.S., as pillars of their defence in the time of growing political instability and deterioration of security system in the Eastern Europe related to the new ‘Cold War era’ style rivalisation between the West and Russia.