Estonian Official Calls NATO, U.S. Vital to Defense

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Estonia, both a European Union and NATO member, shares an entire eastern border with Russia but remains firmly embedded in the Western defense alliance. Mariin Ratnik, the head of security policy and transatlantic relations in Estonia’s Foreign Ministry, was recently in Washington for meetings with the Trump administration. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder sat down with her to discuss international aid and diplomacy aspects of defense, EU-NATO defense cooperation, cyber warfare, and Russia.

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