Secretary of Defense Austin III Bilateral Meeting With Estonian Minister of Defense Pevkur

Photo: Estonian Ministry of Defense

October 18, 2022

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met Estonian Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur.

Secretary Austin reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to deterring Russian aggression against NATO Allies. The two leaders also discussed the ongoing efforts to ensure NATO’s credible deterrence and defense posture.

Secretary Austin and Minister Pevkur discussed security cooperation and future defense capabilities in Estonia, and Secretary Austin lauded the decisions taken at the Madrid Summit, as well as Estonian defense spending and defense investment.

Secretary Austin commended Estonia for its forward-leaning support to Ukraine and agreed with Minister Pevkur on the necessity of maintaining that strong support moving forward.