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05.04.2022|Ministry of Defence

Estonia chosen as one of the initiators of the NATO DIANA future technologies programme

At the NATO summit last June in Brussels, NATO leaders decided to create an innovation accelerator – the DIANA (Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic) programme will allow Allies to join their strengths in developing and adopting new and breakthrough technologies in the area of...
05.04.2022|Ministry of Defence

Ministers Laanet and Parly discussed NATO’s move from enhanced forward presence to forward defence

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet met with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly who, during her visit to Estonia, also visited Ämari air base and the Tapa military base. During the 3–4 April visit, the ministers discussed the security situation, strengthening the defensive readiness of...
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet and Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met yesterday in Gotland.Photo: Tomas Ängshammar/Försvarsmakten
24.03.2022|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet: Sweden boosts its strong military for further deterrence in the Baltic Sea region

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet and Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met yesterday in Gotland to discuss defence cooperation between the two countries in light of the changed security situation. At their meeting, the ministers discussed regional security in general, emphasising the...
22.03.2022|Ministry of Defence

EU Defence Ministers met yesterday in Brussels at the European Foreign Affairs Council to discuss Russian military aggression against Ukraine

“The most important thing now is to provide Ukraine with comprehensive practical assistance – including, in particular, military assistance to counter Russia. In addition to the European Peace Facility (EPF), Member States must continue to provide bilateral military assistance to Ukraine,” said...
Anu Rannaveski, current Director of the Defence Service Department at the Ministry of Defence, took up the post of Acting Director General of the Defence Resources Agency.
22.03.2022|Ministry of Defence

Anu Rannaveski is the acting head of the Defence Resources Agency

As of March 21, Anu Rannaveski, current Director of the Defence Service Department at the Ministry of Defence, took up the post of Acting Director General of the Defence Resources Agency.  “Anu has been involved in the development of human assets in the defence sector in her day-to-day work...
1st Battalion The Royal Welsh takes over as lead unit of NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Estonia.
18.03.2022|Ministry of Defence

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh takes over as lead unit of NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Estonia

The British Army’s 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh has taken over as the lead unit of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroups in Estonia, following a formal ceremony held in Tapa Camp today. Taking over from the Royal Tank Regiment, the event ensures a smooth transition of command and...
US increases security assistance to Baltic countries.
18.03.2022|Ministry of Defence

US increases security assistance to Baltic countries

The United States Congress has passed a USD 1.5 trillion budget package that includes USD 180 million in security assistance for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 2022, under the Baltic Security Initiative, an increase of more than USD 10 million over last year. “The United States has demonstrated...
17.03.2022|Ministry of Defence

Laanet at meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence: Estonia calls for a significant strengthening of NATO’s eastern flank

Defence Minister Kalle Laanet participated at the extraordinary meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence yesterday in Brussels, where the situation in Ukraine and additional possibilities for supporting Ukraine were discussed with the defence ministers of Ukraine, Finland and Sweden, as well as EU...
Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet took part in a meeting of the leaders of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), in London.
16.03.2022|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet: Joint Expeditionary Force makes a strong contribution to European security

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet took part in a meeting of the leaders of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), in London. The leaders of the Joint Expeditionary Force discussed the security situation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, expressing their strong support for him in the...
Viking company from the Danish Army took up its role in the NATO Battlegroup in Tapa.
14.03.2022|Ministry of Defence

Viking company from the Danish Army took up its role in the NATO Battlegroup in Tapa

During a ceremony today, troops from the Viking company of the Danish Defence Forces took up their role as the supporting element of the enhanced Forward Presence/NATO Battlegroup, stationed in Tapa alongside the 1st Estonian Infantry Brigade. The Danish troops are now replacing French soldiers...

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