Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet took part in the NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting, in Brussels, where NATO’s deterrence and defence capabilities, the situation in Afghanistan, NATO’s nuclear deterrence, and joint cooperation between NATO and the European Union were discussed over the course of four working sessions.
Defence Ministers approved a new defence plan, which ensures that NATO will have the necessary troops at the right time and in the right place. Cyber defence and space policy issues were also discussed, with NATO’s responses to Russia’s missile threats also being discussed.
As far as Afghanistan is concerned, the Allies agreed that the necessary lessons must be learned from the operation, and it was observed that the 20-year long operation served to significantly strengthen the level of interoperability between the Allies.
At the meeting with the representatives of NATO Member Countries, the European Union, and the Ministers of Defence of Finland and Sweden, strategic cooperation to enhance the security of the alliance was discussed.
‘Estonia’s main focus is the implementation of the decisions reached at the Brussels Summit, in particular prioritising NATO’s deterrence and defence posture. More specifically, this means developing new defence plans, upgrading force structure and prioritizing innovation. In doing so we are preparing for the 2022 Madrid Summit, where NATO’s new strategic concept and NATO’s updated force structure will be confirmed,’ said Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet.
At the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers, an intent agreement for NATO’s Innovation Fund was signed in support of the innovation accelerator DIANA (Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic). DIANA aims to link the research and development centres of NATO Member Countries and support technological progress.
Through DIANA, Estonia will be able to direct innovation towards solving our important defence problems.
‘NATO must also maintain its technological edge over its adversaries; Estonia has always been one of the advocates in NATO with regards to this issue,’ Laanet said.
The decision was made at the 2021 NATO Summit to create both the civil-military innovation initiative DIANA and the voluntary NATO Innovation Fund.
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