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President Kaljulaid discussed security issues with the Head of State of Poland

President Kaljulaid discussed security issues with the Head of State of Poland © Raigo Pajula/Vabariigi Presidendi Kantselei

21.06.2018

President Kersti Kaljulaid met in the morning in Tartu with the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The international situation, security issues and topics related to the NATO summit in July were discussed at the meeting.

"It is important for the defence expenditures of NATO's European allies to increase and move towards the agreed 2%. However, transatlantic security relations should not be limited to a mere comparison of percentages. The approach taken by European countries to self-defence and defence expenditures has changed notably in recent years, and we must pay more attention to specific steps that have been and can be taken towards enhancing our common feeling of security," said President Kaljulaid at the meeting with her Polish colleague and gave the examples of simplifying the deployment of allied forces within Europe and the defence co-operation of the European Union. According to the Head of State, the European Union has always been an efficient redistribution mechanism and the same approach we use in agriculture and cohesion policies should also be adopted in the defence sphere.

The presidents of Estonia and Poland met last at the beginning of June. The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, is one of six foreign heads of state who participated in Tartu today in the anniversary celebrations of the Republic of Estonia.