London – Prime Minister Andrus Ansip met with Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of the United Kingdom in London today. Discussions ranged from defence cooperation and the NATO mission in Afghanistan to issues related to the European Union. Prime Minister Cameron also mentioned that the United Kingdom would be joining NATO’s cyber defence centre of excellence, which is based in Tallinn.
“Relations between Estonia and the United Kingdom are very good,” Ansip said. “There are many reasons for that, but one is without doubt our excellent cooperation in the field of defence. We’re glad to hear that the United Kingdom has decided to join the cyber defence centre of excellence and appoint its own expert to the centre.”
Prime Minister Ansip also thanked the United Kingdom for its contribution to Baltic air security.
Speaking of defence, the heads of government agreed that the NATO allies had achieved an outstanding level of cooperation as part of the Afghanistan mission and that their joint defensive work should continue in future. Prime Minister Ansip confirmed that Estonia would contribute further to efforts in Afghanistan this year, again with a full deployment of 170 defence forces personnel, and that the country would fulfil its duties as an ally for as long as its support is needed.