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Minister of Defence Hanso: a common border with Russia motivates Estonia and Norway to make a common effort in the name of security
Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso met today, in Oslo, with Norwegian Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide, where the two discussed the security situation in Northern-Europe, further security related cooperation between Estonia and Norway, and the long-term plans of both countries for developing national defence.
“A common border with an aggressive and unpredictable Russia forces us to make a serious effort in the name of security,” said Minister of Defence Hanso after the meeting. “Estonia and Norway are both concerned by the intensifying security situation and the increased Russian military presence in Northern-Europe and the Arctic. Norway has proven to be one of the most consistent contributors to NATO’s collective defence and deterrence measures in our region.”
In 2017, Norway will contribute an infantry company to the increased Allied presence in Lithuania, thereby increasing the security of our entire region.
Minister of Defence Hanso also met in Oslo with Øyvind Hallerakeri, First Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Parliament of Norway, as well as committee members.
Yesterday, in Norway, Minister of Defence Hanso visited the Rena Military Base, where the Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Army, Brigadier General Ingrid Gjerde, provided an extensive overview of the compulsory conscription of women in Norway. According to Minister of Defence Hanso, the proportion of women involved in Estonia’s national defence must definitely increase, since, in essence, half of Estonia’s population is not sufficiently involved in national defence.
During his appearance at the international security forum GLOBSEC 2018, in Bratislava, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik stated that NATO is capable of providing effective deterrence on the Alliance’s eastern wing. According to the Minister of Defence, this is possible only through close cooperation between Europe and the United States.
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik presented a gift and letter of thanks to the members of Naiskodukaitse who created the mobile app Ole Valmis (Be Ready), which helps people be better prepared in the event of accidents and during crisis situations.