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06.03.2021|Ministry of Defence

Estonia´s Defence Ministry to focus on armaments, situational awareness and supporting civil society with a four-year development plan

Minister of Defence of Estonia, Kalle Laanet has approved the Ministry of Defence Development Plan 2022–2025, which envisages the acquisition of new armaments, the deployment of naval mine capability and coastal defence system, and the continuation of the introduction of self-propelled artillery....
Young people in Estonia more willing to participate in defence related activities
06.03.2021|Ministry of Defence

Young people in Estonia more willing to participate in defence related activities

According to the Public Opinion and National Defence Survey, 79 percent of Estonia’s residents support a national defence model consisting of professional servicemen and a reserve force. Support for conscription, which is considered necessary by 90 percent of respondents, remains high. According...
Johannes Kert, the former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces.
05.03.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet: eulogy to the departed Lieutenant General Kert

Yesterday, Johannes Kert, the former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces unexpectedly passed. The Minister of Defence, Kalle Laanet, and the staff of the Estonian Ministry of Defence commemorate Johannes Kert as a true Estonian officer, who viewed the defence of the Estonian Republic as a...
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet met with his Finnish counterpart, Antti Kaikkonen
03.03.2021|Ministry of Defence

Laanet: Estonia and Finland enjoy close and reliable defence cooperation

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet met with his Finnish counterpart, Antti Kaikkonen, with whom bilateral defence cooperation was discussed. ‘Finland is a crucial long-term regional partner for us, and Estonia highly values defence cooperation with Finland, both bilaterally in the Nordic-Baltic...
The financial support to conscripts and their children to be increased
25.02.2021|Ministry of Defence

The financial support to conscripts and their children to be increased

The Estonian Government approved an amendment to the regulation of the Government of the Republic of Estonia regarding an increase in the financial support provided to a conscript and a child of a conscript to 115 and 900 Euros per month, respectively. “An increase in the financial support to a...
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet
24.02.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet: Happy Estonian Independence Day!

Dear Allies, I'm happy to greet you on this proud day for Estonia. Thank you for your contribution on defending our country and NATO so we can celebrate our hundred and third anniversary. Happy Estonian Independence Day!    
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet participated in a two-day meeting of NATO Defence Ministers.
18.02.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet: Continuing to increase the defence expenditures of NATO Allies is important

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet participated in a two-day meeting of NATO Defence Ministers, where the main topics were Allied burden-sharing, the Alliance’s deterrence and defence posture, operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the forward-looking NATO 2030 process. The meeting emphasized the...
The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service has published a report on external security threats.
17.02.2021|Ministry of Defence

The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service has published a report on external security threats

While the corona pandemic has not altered Estonia’s threat picture, it has offered authoritarian states new opportunities for influence, writes the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service in the report published today. According to the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service, authoritarian Russia...
Estonian Defence Minister Laanet discussed the future of warfare with NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Lanata.
12.02.2021|Ministry of Defence

Estonian Defence Minister Laanet discussed the future of warfare with NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Lanata

Yesterday, Estonian Defence minister Kalle Laanet met with General André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) to discuss the adoption of emerging and disruptive technologies within NATO. Defence Minister Laanet emphasised, that Estonia is ready to offer its Cyber Range to NATO...
Minister of Defence Laanet: the most important task in the short term is the common defence capability development in the Baltics.
09.02.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet: the most important task in the short term is the common defence capability development in the Baltics

Through a video bridge, Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet discussed the priority directions of Baltic defence co-operation for the current year with his Latvian and Lithuanian colleagues, Artis Pabriks and Arvydas Anušauskas. The discussion focused on strengthening the region’s defence capabilities...

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