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Minister of Defence Hanso invited Georgians to participate in Kevadtorm

26. May 2016 - 13:41
Estonian Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso discussing defence related cooperation with Georgian Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli.
Estonian Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso discussing defence related cooperation with Georgian Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli.

Tbilisi, 25 May 2016 – Today, in Tbilisi, Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso discussed further defence related cooperation between Estonia and Georgia with Georgian Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli and Chief of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze. Among other things, Hanso invited Georgia to participate in Kevadtorm.
 
“The NATO Warsaw Summit is not the finish line; instead, it is a one kilometre post on a long road, which the Georgian people are consistently walking," said Minister of Defence Hanso. “Georgia is making the necessary changes required for NATO integration for the good of its people, not for the sake of officials in Brussels. The proud people of Georgia are worthy of the continuation of these efforts."

Negotiations between Estonia and Georgia regarding defence related cooperation were preceded by the meeting of Estonian Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso, Latvian Minister of Defence Raimonds Bergmanis and Lithuanian Minister of Defence Juozas Olekas with Georgian Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli.

Today, Minister of Defence Hanso visited Georgia's Office of Cyber Security and received a thorough overview of the developments in the field of cyber security in Georgia. Estonia has supported Georgia's Office of Cyber Security since its creation in 2014. “In the cyber world, wisdom and cleverness, not size, are what matter. All recent military conflicts have also included cyberspace,” said Hanso. “Estonia has sufficient experience and knowledge in the field of cyber security, which it gladly shares with its good friends. Georgia’s rapid development in the cyber field is worthy of recognition.”

Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso met with Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze and spoke about the security situation in the South Caucuses. Minister of Defence Hanso said that Estonia supports the territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders and recognised Georgia for its clear policy of settling the question only via diplomatic means.

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