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Minister of Defence Hanso: France to deploy tanks and infantry fighting vehicles to Estonia
At a meeting in Canada with Estonian Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso, French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed the solid development of allied relations between France and Estonia and that France will be deploying five Leclerc tanks, thirteen infantry fighting vehicles, and 300 soldiers to Estonia next year.
“Estonian and French soldiers are connected by a brotherhood in arms from African operations,” said Minister of Defence Hanso. “We understand clearly that a contribution must be made to the defence of Europe, increasing NATO’s military presence in the Baltic Sea region and especially in NATO border countries.”
According to Minister of Defence Hanso, very important cyber cooperation is taking between Estonia and France, since both countries have noteworthy capabilities in this field and our cyber related challenges are similar. In May, Ministers of Defence Hanso and Le Drian concluded an exclusive cyber defence cooperation agreement between Estonia and France.
The French heavy armoured unit will be begin serving as part of the United Kingdom led NATO battalion combat group stationed in Tapa.
Servicemen from the United Kingdom, who are serving in Estonia within the framework of the presence of NATO, received mission medals at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence. Among others, a mission medal was presented to Colonel Giles Harris, Commander of the eFP Command in Estonia, who has been serving in Estonia since the arrival of the allied units in the spring of 2017.
Friday, Ministers of Defence from Estonia, Latvia and Denmark inaugurated Headquarters Multinational Division North, located at the Ādaži military camp, in Latvia. The purpose of Headquarters Multinational Division North is to enhance the defens capability of the region and connect the region’s forces with the Alliance’s highest Command Structure.