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08.02.2018|Ministry of Defence

Vseviov at the Pentagon: The lead role of the United State in NATO ensures its presence and response capacity

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Jonatan Vseviov, who is continuing with his visit to the United States, met at the Pentagon with Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, and U.S. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper. At the meeting with John Rood, the Permanent Secretary...
07.02.2018|Ministry of Defence

Relocating Iskander system is not a surprise

The Russian Federation has deployed the Iskander missile systems to Kaliningrad several times in recent years, always redeploying them after military exercises. The movement of the Iskander systems is thus not surprising, although these steps could lead to the permanent deployment of the systems in...
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met with Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)
29.01.2018|Ministry of Defence

Luik met with the Commander of US Cyber Command and the Director of the NSA

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met with Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), in order to discuss cyber defence related cooperation and questions relating to the Allied presence in Estonia. The Minister of...
25.01.2018|Ministry of Defence

Defence League Platoon founded within the Ministry of Defence

Volunteers working at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) formed a MoD Platoon within the Toompea sub-district of the Defence League. The Platoon's main task is the peacetime defence of the MoD building and the employees within. The reason behind the formation of the MoD Platoon is the willingness to...
15.01.2018|Ministry of Defence

Jüri Luik: how do we protect Estonia?

The horizon for Estonia’s national defence planning is very long-term; more precisely, we are planning our activities for the next decade. At the same time, we are, of course, taking into consideration new information received, including everything we learned from Zapad, the large-scale Russian...
19.09.2017|Ministry of Defence

Luik: Sweden is an important provider of security in our region

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met today with the Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist, and General Micael Byden, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces. The defence ministers discussed the security situation that has developed in the Baltic Sea region, the start of the Zapad training...
12.09.2017|Ministry of Defence

Vseviov: speed at which Allied Forces move in Europe must be improved

General Darren W. McDew, commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and Jonatan Vseviov, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, discussed questions regarding the deployment of forces in Europe at their meeting. Permanent Secretary Vseviov stated that the United States is continuously...
06.09.2017|Ministry of Defence

Jüri Luik: the importance of defence related questions is growing in Europe

The Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD) is taking place today in Tallinn. The main topic of this year’s conference is the common security and defence policy of the European Union. The title of the twelfth Annual Baltic Conference on Defence is European Defence Cooperation: Out of the...
05.09.2017|Ministry of Defence

Luik wants to give Estonian undertakings the right to manufacture weapons

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik submitted the draft Act to amend the Weapons Act and other legislation, for approval, the entry into force of which would grant Estonian defence industry undertakings the right to handle military weapons and munitions. Pursuant to the draft legislation, the plan is to...
28.08.2017|Ministry of Defence

Defence Minister Jüri Luik: We are looking for greater transparency from Zapad exercise and adherence to international agreements

Estonia and NATO are closely monitoring preparations for Zapad, the joint exercise between Russia and Belarus, and expect both countries to adhere to the letter and spirit of international agreements. “Zapad is a joint exercise between Russia and Belarus where we are hoping to see greater...