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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.
In his speech at the conclusion of the 39th Higher National Defence Course, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik emphasised that Estonia’s national defence model requires awareness by citizens and situational awareness by the state.