Estonia: Defence Minister “satisfied” with NATO’s Baltic defence plans

Estonia’s Defence Minister, Hanno Pevkur, voiced satisfaction at the details of NATO’s new defence plans for the Baltic region, ERR reports. He said that there were no outstanding points of contention regarding the plans ahead of the NATO summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. Discussions continued over the wording of the introductory section of the plans, however. Pevkur said that Estonia would call for NATO’s recommendation on defence spending of 2% of GDP to be considered the “very bare minimum.” Also, Estonia would ask for Ukraine to be provided with a clear road map to NATO membership, he said. Moreover, Estonia hopes that the leaders of Hungary and Türkiye will state their approval for Swedish NATO membership at the summit.