ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan at this time commemorated Maryland’s long-standing safety partnerships with Estonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and reaffirmed the state’s dedication to the folks of Ukraine at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown.
“In recent weeks, we have again been reminded of exactly why strong ties and alliances like this are so critical,” stated Governor Hogan. “We have worked together closely all these years—conducting training exercises and building an enduring partnership—to be prepared to help ensure stability and democracy through uncertain and dangerous times. As commander in chief of the Maryland National Guard, I pledge that we will continue to stand with you, and we will continue to stand with the brave people of Ukraine, Estonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to stand with all of our allies.”
Estonia. Established in 1993 as a part of one of many first partnerships underneath the National Guard State Partnership Program, the Maryland National Guard participates in a variety of military-to-military actions with each the Estonian Defense Forces and the Estonian Defense League. This partnership is taken into account the gold commonplace for growing future partnerships inside the program.
In 2019, the governor enacted a Memorandum of Understanding between the 2 international locations centered on financial improvement, tourism, schooling, drug abuse prevention, and tradition and humanities.
Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Maryland National Guard’s partnership with Bosnia and Herzegovina was established in 2003, with a deal with military-to-military actions, disaster response, and emergency preparedness for pure disasters.
Support For Ukraine Against Russian Aggression. Shortly after the Russian invasion started, the governor introduced the termination of Maryland’s sister state relationship with the Leningrad Region of Russia, which was first established in 1993. The governor additionally directed state companies to assessment any and all contracts, procurements, and holdings that will have ties to Russian entities, and referred to as on the board of trustees of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System to take rapid divestment actions almost about investments, securities, or holdings with Russian or Russia-affiliated entities. In addition to collaborating in a particular prayer service at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore, the governor led a twilight prayer vigil on the State House.