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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet at Ämari: in recent weeks NATO has taken decisive steps to ensure the security of its members


Foreign Minister Urmas Paet visited Ämari Air Base today with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Paet said that in light of the changed security situation in Europe, the role of NATO as the main security organisation is becoming even more important. "During the last few weeks, NATO has taken decisive steps to ensure the security of its members," the foreign minister added.

According to the foreign minister, a series of effective actions in the air, on land and on the sea  are being implemented in the Baltic region. "Of course it is in our best interest that the citizens of Estonia, Germany, Turkey, Romania – in all NATO countries, feel assuredly and confidently all the time," he added.

The minister added that NATO is a collective defence organization, which was created to protect the security of its members. "However, we must also remember that security is not an end in itself – it does not just arise out of nothing," Paet said. "Security starts with us – our desire to protect ourselves and to share responsibility. Estonia has demonstrated this principle strongly, contributing 2 percent of its GDP to defence," he added.                                                                                                        
The foreign minister said the events in Ukraine will have long-term strategic implications for European security. "Thanks to the Allies and the personal efforts of NATO Secretary General Rasmussen, NATO's deterrence has been the main stabilising and defence-guaranteeing force in the world," Paet added.

On April 30 four Danish Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft began service at the Ämari Air Base. Thereby Ämari Air Base became the second base airfield in the Baltic air policing operation, in addition to Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania.



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