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Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kusti Salm spoke as part of the opening panel of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit
15.10.2021|Ministry of Defence

Permanent Secretary Kusti Salm discussed in Singapore cooperation in the field of the reserve army system and new technologies

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kusti Salm spoke as part of the opening panel of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit, and also participated in bilateral meetings where possibilities for developing co-operation between Estonia and Singapore in the field of cyber defence and...
23.09.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet: National defence a government priority, defence budget set to increase by a record EUR 103 million

According to Minister of Defence of Estonia, Kalle Laanet, defence expenditures in the 2022 state budget agreed upon in the government is set to increase to EUR 748 million, which is 2.31% of the forecasted GDP. It includes costs associated with Allies, a defence investment programme, and new...
In London, at the Permanent Secretaries’ meeting of the Joint Expeditionary Force, Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defence Kusti Salm said that the coalition has an important role to play in our region and that cooperation is moving in the right direction.
16.09.2021|Ministry of Defence

Salm: The Joint Expeditionary Force has the capability to act quickly in a conflict situation

In London, at the Permanent Secretaries’ meeting of the Joint Expeditionary Force, Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defence Kusti Salm said that the coalition has an important role to play in our region and that cooperation is moving in the right direction. ‘The focus is on the...
Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers from the Baltic Republics and Poland met in Riga.
14.09.2021|Ministry of Defence

Laanet: Russia’s large-scale training exercise Zapad 2021 is a provocation against the West

Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers from the Baltic Republics and Poland met in Riga to discuss the security situation in the Baltic Sea region and matters of topical interest concerning NATO’s collective defence. According to Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet, the best way to ensure our security...
Kalle Laanet
11.09.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence of Estonia, Kalle Laanet: Russia’s Zapad 2021 escalates the highly tense international security situation

The drawdown of American and other Allied troops from Afghanistan was initially intended to be finished not later than September 11, the 20th anniversary of the hideous attack by al-Qaeda against the US that marked the beginning of the so-called global war on terrorism. That is also the second day...
Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, Kusti Salm, yesterday presented medals to the troops of the UK-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Tapa, which will complete its deployment in Estonia later this month.
03.09.2021|Ministry of Defence

UK, French Troops in Tapa Receive Mission Medals

Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, Kusti Salm, yesterday presented medals to the troops of the UK-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Tapa, which will complete its deployment in Estonia later this month. "The British and French contingents together with the 1st...
02.09.2021|Ministry of Defence

Laanet: Lukashenka’s regime is targeting the entire European Union

Defence Ministers of Estonia, Kalle Laanet, Latvia, Artis Pabriks, Lithuania, Arvydas Anušauskas and Vice-Minister of National Defense of Poland Marcin Ociepa affirmed a shared understanding that the ongoing developments on the Belarusian border are a systematically planned and organized hybrid...
28.08.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence of Estonia approves Ukrainian Defence Assistance Package

Minister of Defence of Estonia, Kalle Laanet has approved Ukrainian Defence Assistance Package, according to which a field hospital, developed by the Estonian company, will be donated by Germany to Ukraine, as well as opportunity to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in...
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet: Russia’s annexation of Crimea must not fade into oblivion
24.08.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet: Russia’s annexation of Crimea must not fade into oblivion

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet visited Kiev on 23 and 24 August, where he was participating in the celebrations and military parade commemorating the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, meeting with Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksandr Polishchuki, and addressing the...
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet.
20.08.2021|Ministry of Defence

Address by Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet on the occasion of the 30th Anniversay of the Restoration of Estonia’s Independence

Dear friends of Estonia, The failed coup d’état in Moscow, thirty years ago, was the decisive nail in USSR’s coffin that finally broke the chains of the Baltic states. Estonia swiftly declared independence and secured international recognition. The people lost fear and soon the repressive regime...

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