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Hanso: Political cohesion gives strength to Estonia’s national defence
At his public lecture “Changes in European Security and their Impact on Estonia”, given at the University of Tartu, Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso emphasised that the strength of Estonia’s national defence lies in the capability to quickly and flexibly react to security related challenges.
The Minister of Defence cited the achieving and maintaining of political cohesion in the field of national defence as another of Estonia's strengths relating to national defence.
“This is significant at a time when contradictions regarding the view of the world are increasing in Estonia’s domestic policy”. In his presentation to students and faculty, Hanso also noted that “Estonia also keeps the bar high internationally by maintaining a consensus regarding defence policy. For example, in Great Britain it has repeatedly been noted that in Estonia there is a consensus across political parties when it comes to defence expenditures. The Minister added that “our level of defence expenditures also serves as a standard for Latvia and Lithuania to strive towards”.
During his lecture, Hanso noted that Europe has abandoned the notion that conventional wars have been relegated to the past.
“Estonia is contributing seriously to building up independent national defence. We are ready to stand against threats together with NATO as well as those EU Member States that are not members of NATO,” said the Minster of Defence.
This summer, the allies will be carrying out large-scale training exercises on the Baltic Sea. The United States will be leading the annual international Baltic region training exercise BALTOPS, while the United Kingdom will be leading the deployment exercise Baltic Protector.