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Defence in the media: Saturday 8 July 2017

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Today’s defence related stories include coverage of the Defence Secretary’s visit to the United States.

Defence Secretary in Washington

There has been widespread coverage in US media on Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon’s visit to Washington. Sir Michael gave interviews to The Special Report with Bret Baier, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, PBS Newshour and CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, where he emphasised the progress made in NATO defence spending and Britain’s leadership within the Alliance.

Evening coverage led with the Syria ceasefire deal agreed between the US and Russia. When asked about this on PBS Newshour, Sir Michael said it was “welcome, but it’s got to be enforced, it’s got to be an actual ceasefire.” The Defence Secretary’s remarks were also covered in the Independent and Reuters.

There was also further coverage of the visit in USNI, Today Onlineand the Daily Mail Online.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

Today our nations are facing a wave of multiple, concurrent, diverse global threats, from Islamist extremism, Russian state aggression, from sponsors of terror, from North Korea testing nuclear bombs and firing off missiles, from the insidious spread of misinformation and from Wannacry like cyber attacks. Such events demand an international response, so we see Brexit as an opportunity not to step back from European defence but to step up to strengthen Euro-Atlantic security. In particular, we’re bolstering our bonds with NATO, the cornerstone of our defence.

You can read more about the Defence Secretary's visit here.

Head of the Army in Estonia

There is coverage today in The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and BBC online of Chief of the General Staff Sir Nick Carter’s visit to Britain’s NATO deployment in Estonia, where 800 troops are helping to deter threats to the Alliance.

Picture of the day

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stands (left) with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon (right) before a meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stands (left) with Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon (right) before a meeting at the Pentagon yesterday in Washington, D.C.

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