Estonia Announces Plans for Security Pact and Increased Military Aid to Ukraine

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.09 - 2024 10:34 AM CET

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Estonia Announces Plans for Security Pact and Increased Military Aid to Ukraine.

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Estonia is set to bolster its support for Ukraine by signing a new security agreement and enhancing military aid, Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna revealed on March 8.

The announcement came during a press conference that followed discussions among foreign ministers from the Baltic states, Ukraine, and France, though the precise date for the signing remains unspecified.

In a move to strengthen bilateral ties and security commitments, Tsahkna highlighted Estonia's intention to formalize a long-term agreement with Ukraine.

"We are going to sign a bilateral agreement between Estonia and Ukraine on long-term security commitments," Tsahkna stated, signaling a deepening of the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Furthermore, Estonia is preparing to dispatch an additional package of military aid to Ukraine next week, building on its already significant contributions. To date, Estonia has dedicated 1.4% of its GDP to support Ukraine's military efforts and pledges to continue this support. Under the forthcoming security agreement, Estonia commits to an annual allocation of 0.25% of its GDP towards military aid for Kyiv, underscoring its commitment to Ukraine's defense capabilities.

Tsahkna also touched on the broader implications of such support, suggesting that if other countries were to follow Estonia's example and contribute similarly, the collective effort could generate EUR 120 billion ($131 billion) annually in military support for Ukraine. Such a significant investment, he believes, would be sufficient for Ukraine to counter Russian aggression effectively.

Estonia's forthcoming actions represent a significant commitment to Ukraine's security and stability, reflecting the broader international push to support Kyiv amidst ongoing challenges.

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