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Montenegrin Minister of Defence examined Estonia’s national defence
Milica Pejanović-Đurišić, Minister of Defence of, soon to be NATO member country, Montenegro, is visiting Estonia this week and expressed an interest in air policing as well as cyber defence.
Since one of Montenegro’s national defence priorities is the development of cyber defence, Minister of Defence Đurišić examined Estonia’s capabilities in this area. The minister visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, the Information System Authority, the National Cyber Defence League, and the e-Estonia Showroom.
Minister of Defence Đurišić also toured Ämari Air Base and received an overview of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission.
On Thursday, Đurišić participated in the opening panel of the international defence conference ABCD, held in Tallinn, along with Hannes Hanso, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia, and Douglas Lute, Ambassador of the United States to NATO.
According to Minister of Defence Hanso, it is important for NATO as an organisation to keep its doors open to new members.
“Estonia has always supported the further expansion of NATO. The accession of Montenegro to the Alliance is an important sign, one that we can hold up as an example to our partner countries of Ukraine and Georgia: NATO’s doors are open,” said Hanso.
NATO has submitted an invitation to Montenegro to join the Alliance. Upon the conclusion of the accession process, Montenegro will become NATO’s 29th member country.
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.