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Ministry of Defence of The Slovak Republic

Minister Sklenár: "With Estonia, we are bound by our common defence interests, including by our determination to continue to help Ukraine"

Ministry of Defence of The Slovak Republic

29.05.2023

The Slovak Ministry of Defence was visited today by Estonian Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur as he met Defence Minister Martin Sklenár for in-person talks, discussing ways to deepen SVK-EST defence cooperation, their common views on Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and the strengthening of NATO's collective defence.

Speaking at a press conference after the bilateral meeting, Defence Minister Martin Sklenár said: "With Estonia, we are bound by our common defence interests, which, in the area of defence cooperation, are mostly associated with trans-Atlantic security and the Alliance's collective defence. We shared information on our latest assistance to Ukraine and a range of options for additional assistance from both countries. Also discussed was the defence capability of our countries and ways to strengthen it in response to the change of the security situation in the world."

Estonian Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur said: "I really admire the extent to which Slovakia is helping Ukraine. The value of peace and freedom is incalculable, which is why any assistance that we can send to Ukraine is exceptionally important to help it win. And it's exactly what Slovakia is doing with its support to Ukraine - it has supplied Ukraine with vital capabilities in its fight against the aggressor."

He also noted that the agenda for today's discussion included the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius, the international community's efforts to ramp up the production of artillery rounds for Ukraine and to rebuild stockpiles with munitions of this type.



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