Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Prime Minister of Estonia Juri Ratas
The Vice President met Prime Minister of Estonia Juri Ratas today in Tallinn, Estonia. The leaders discussed Estonia's presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Vice President thanked the Prime Minister for prioritizing stronger transatlantic ties, enhanced EU-NATO cooperation, and increased defense spending as part of the agenda for the Estonian presidency. The Vice President highlighted the United States' unwavering commitment to the security of the Baltic states and to our collective defense obligations under NATO's Article 5. He also expressed appreciation for Estonia's contributions to international security - including in Afghanistan and Iraq - and for Estonia's leadership as one of only six NATO Allies that has reached the 2 percent of GDP Wales commitment.