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Estonia will extend support to Poland with Defence League members and the Defence Forces unit in Poland

30. December 2021 - 15:30
Estonia sent the first nearly 70-member unit Wisent to Poland at the beginning of December.
Estonia sent the first nearly 70-member unit Wisent to Poland at the beginning of December.

Upon request from Poland, today Estonia decided to send a new unit to Poland to support their efforts in countering the hybrid attack from Belarus and in fighting illegal immigration. The unit will be formed this time mainly by members of the Defence League’s infantry and engineer battalions. In addition, Estonia is sending intelligence and media support teams to Poland.

“Poland is one of our most important Allies in the region. Supporting them in the current security situation is of key importance, since the hybrid crisis demands continuing attention and Poland has issued a request for the continuance of this unit’s work. We have very good experiences of Defence League participation at missions and exercises, so I am sure that the Defence League members will execute their tasks in Poland well,” said Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet. According to the minister, by sending troops Estonia is also showing solidarity and readiness to support Allies in challenging situations.

The 70-member unit will arrive in Poland in the middle of January and it will include the Defence League infantry and engineer unit members, as well as Defence Forces troops. Estonia sent the first nearly 70-member unit Wisent to Poland at the beginning of December. The first unit included reservists, active servicemen, and civilians. Deploying the unit is part of a bilateral defence cooperation project, which has resulted in the construction of over 22 km of border barriers, over 30 media operations, and several observation flights to monitor the border area.

Additional information: press@kaitseministeerium.ee