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Sweden and Estonia Share Common Understanding of Region’s Security Situation
The Estonian Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso, who met today with his Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist, said that security-related cooperation between the two countries, both bilaterally as well as within the framework of the Nordic-Baltic countries, is deepening and both of the countries share the same understanding of the security situation in the Baltic Sea region.
“At the meeting, we did not have to touch on the separate topic of the security situation here since our understanding of it is the same,” Hanso stated. “All the more reason for us to discuss our mutual cooperation. I invited the Swedes to take part in the 2017 major training exercise Kevadtorm of the Estonian Defence Forces so that the armed forces of our two countries could experience practical cooperation.“
The Estonian and Swedish Ministers of Defence discussed the possibilities of regional security cooperation, in particular the increasing of the exchange of information within the framework of the Nordic-Baltic Cooperation, joint operations with Finland, and common areas in the security cooperation with the United States of America.
The importance of the field of cyber defence was also stressed at the meeting. Sweden will soon send its expert to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence located in Tallinn.
The Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Tallinn in connection with his presentation at the Lennart Meri Conference which is the most important forum of security experts within the region.
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.