Estonia's Defense Minister To Ponder Military Cooperation In Tbilisi

On Saturday Yuri Luik, head of the Estonian defense establishment, begins his three-day official visit to Georgia. RIA Novosti was told at the Estonian Defense Ministry that during the visit Luik will hold negotiations with Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, Foreign Minister Iraklii Menagarashvili, Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Vakhtang Kutateladze and other representatives of the Georgian government. They will discuss aspects of bilateral cooperation in the military field and matters related to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the international setup. The Estonian defense establishment notes that Tbilisi is showing interest in the process of Estonia's joining NATO. The Georgian side also displays interest in Estonia's experience of developing, together with other Baltic states, defense projects -- the Baltic peacekeeping battalion (Baltbat), Baltic air monitoring system (Baltnet), Baltic mine sweeper squadron (Baltron) and Baltic military college (Baltdef school).

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