Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will visit the Spring Storm military exercise


Beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday May 21, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will visit the Spring Storm military exercise, during which he will meet with the commanding officer of Spring Storm, Army Chief Colonel Artur Tiganik and Estonian Defence Forces Chief of General Staff Navy Captain Igor Schvede.

An overview of the exercises will be presented at the meeting. Then Foreign Minister Paet will meet with participants of Spring Storm.

Paet stated that the NATO exercise, carried out alongside the annual Spring Storm military exercise, shows that the Alliance stands firmly for the security of all its members. "We have to remember that security is not an end in itself – it does not simply arise out of nothing," Paet said. "Security starts with us – out of our desire to defend ourselves and to share responsibility. This year's exercise is a good example of this principle," he added.

This year the major military exercise Spring Storm will be held from May 5 to 23 in Southern Estonia. As of May 16, it bears the name Steadfast Javelin 1, when the NATO Joint Forces Command Brunssum took over leading the exercise. Close to 5 500 troops from Estonia and Allied countries, as well as members of the Defence League and reservists are taking part in the exercise.

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