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President Kaljulaid: the response given by the West to the incident in Salisbury must consider a chain of events over 10 years

President Kaljulaid: the response given by the West to the incident in Salisbury must consider a chain of events over 10 years
Defence related co-operation between the two countries was also discussed at the meeting.
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25.03.2018

President Kersti Kaljulaid met yesterday in Kadriorg with the Minister of Defence of the United Kingdom, Gavin Williamson. The meeting focused on issues related to the attack in Salisbury and the defence co-operation between two countries.

"The attack in Salisbury was an eye-opener for many. The attack was not aimed against any country in particular, but such a brutal attack against people on UK territory represents a security danger for all of us. However, we must not only focus on this single attack; to understand the ambitions of Russia we need to view the general context. It all started ten years ago with the occupation of Georgian territory and continued with invasion of the Crimea. The response of the West to the incident in Salisbury must consider the chain of events of the last 10 years," said President Kaljulaid after her meeting with Minister Williamson.

The meeting also focused on defence co-operation between the two countries. Approximately 900 members of the British defence forces are currently deployed in Tapa and, next year, the United Kingdom will again join the Ämari air security mission. "The United Kingdom is one of our main allies and the presence of British soldiers in Tapa is a sign of the special relations between the two countries," the Head of State said.

Minister Williamson arrived in Estonia on a visit yesterday. He paid a visit to the defence force campus in Tapa and met with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. Today he met with his Estonian colleague, Jüri Luik, and placed a wreath on graves in the graveyard of the Defence Forces to British soldiers killed in action.

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