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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.
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.