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NATO chief Rasmussen to visit Estonia

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
BRUSSELS, May 7 (KUNA) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen accompanied by NATO ambassadors will visit Estonia on Thursday and Friday, the Alliance announced on Tuesday.
During their visit, NATO ambassadors will pay a visit to Estonia's Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
Rasmussen will have meetings with the Estonian President Toomas Ilves, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and Foreign Minister Urmas Pae.
The NATO Secretary General will also deliver a key note speech at the University of Tallin entitled "Defending Allies, Sharing Responsibility, Upholding Values." The delegation's visit to the Baltic state of Estonia comes amid growing tensions in Eastern Ukraine where fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces is continuing.
NATO has announced that it has stepped up its air-policing duties in Estonia, Lativa and Lithuania from May 1 due to the Ukraine crisis as part of enhanced collective defence. (end) nk.sd