Prime Minister Kaja Kallas stated: “Unity is the most effective response to Russia’s aggression.”
She stated that Estonia’s security is not at risk from any military threats and that its borders are safe.
She stated that the government was preparing for the crisis and that they are monitoring the situation to ensure people’s safety.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will present Estonian views on how to strengthen NATO’s deterrence in the Baltic region. The Ministry of Defense is also expected to participate.
The NATO Agreement Article 4 allows allies to hold consultations whenever they feel that the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any ally are at risk.
Tonight in Brussels, heads of state and government of the EU will meet.
Before the government sent their statement, Kalle laanet (Reform), Minister for Defense, confirmed that Russia had launched an extensive military operation against Ukraine.
“As a consequence, we are discussing how to behave with our allies.” “A government meeting is underway, and we are discussing how to implement NATO Article 4,” he stated, speaking about Estonian’s first steps.
What is Article 4?
Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty states that “The Parties will consult each other whenever they consider the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any Party to be threatened.”
Article 4 can be invoked by any member country. Article 4 can be invoked by any member country. The issue is then discussed and may lead to a joint decision or action for the alliance.
No matter what the situation, Council members are encouraged to respond to any member who brings it to their attention.
Article 4 has been invoked six time since 1949, the year of the founding of the Alliance.
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