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General Randy A. George, the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army paid a visit to Estonia

On Sunday, 9th of June, General Randy A. George, U.S. Army Chief of Staff paid a quick visit to Estonia to meet with the Deputy Commander of the Defence Forces of Estonia as well as U.S. soldiers serving here.

Bilateral cooperation between the two Allies and development of military capabilities were discussed, also plans and activities within NATO frame in future perspective.

„Practical cooperation between the Estonian Defence Forces and the United States Army in different crisis areas and in preparation for NATO defence has been long-term and effective. Our common goal in the near future is to further strenghten allied relations between us through increase and development of real combat capabilities, and by amplifying deterring messaging,“ said Brigadier General Andrus Merilo, Deputy Commander of Estonian Defence Forces. Merilo was also pleased about the strong and positive support from Allies even during the meeting, adding that Estonia is not alone while managing a potential security threat on NATO’s eastern flank, but standing together with its allies.

Regional security plans as well as possible actions and roles were also discussed in future perspective, regarding military readiness, planning and trainings.

“Defense is the bedrock of the strong partnership between the United States and Estonia. Estonia is a critically important Ally on NATO’s eastern flank and a significant contributor to international efforts to assist Ukraine.  You have been a gracious host to our U.S. Soldiers in Estonia as we continue to build readiness together through exercises such as Spring Storm and Saber Strike,” told General Randy A. George, the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.

The Deputy Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces thanked the Americans for their unwavering support and contribution to the regional security as the United States Army Chief of Staff recognized Estonian defence in return for their dedicated actions in developing national defence.

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