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Laanet had a phone call with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine: Ukraine’s security is Europe’s security
02.06.2021|Ministry of Defence

Laanet had a phone call with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine: Ukraine’s security is Europe’s security

Yesterday, Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet had a phone call with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Taran to discuss the tense situation in the eastern part of Ukraine, Crimea, and the opportunities that Estonia and Western countries in general can provide for Ukraine. “Estonia has always...
Minister of Defence Laanet visited exercise Spring Storm. Photo: Estonian Defence Forces
27.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence Laanet visited exercise Spring Storm

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet met with Estonian servicemen and Allied soldiers participating in the Spring Storm training exercise at the Central Training Area to obtain an overview of this year’s readiness test for conscripts, i.e. Spring Storm. Minister of Defence Laanet noted that despite...
The Baltic States are jointly setting new goals for the development of military capabilities
24.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

The Baltic States are jointly setting new goals for the development of military capabilities

“We thoroughly discussed the expectations for the forthcoming NATO summit with our Baltic colleagues. We believe that NATO needs to send a clear and strong message about the Russian threat and make collective defence the most important task of the Alliance in the next decade,” said Minister of...
Kalle Laanet recognized the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Estonia with the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class
17.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

Kalle Laanet recognized the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Estonia with the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class

Theresa Bubbear, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Estonia, who completed her term in Estonia, received the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, from Minister Kalle Laanet on Friday. Ambassador Bubbear was recognised for her significant contribution to the development of...
 Magnus-Valdemar Saar to serve as Director of the Centre for Defence Investment
17.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

Magnus-Valdemar Saar to serve as Director of the Centre for Defence Investment

Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet appointed Magnus-Valdemar Saar as the next Director of the Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI). Saar will take office on 17 May, when the two-year term of the director Kusti Salm ends. Salm will continues as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence....
The contribution of the Commander of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia was recognized with the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class
14.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

The contribution of the Commander of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia was recognized with the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class

Yesterday, Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet awarded the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, to Colonel Paul Clayton, Commander of the NATO Commander of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia. Colonel Clayton, whose tenure will soon be coming to an end, was praised for...
Laanet: World War II taught Estonia the importance of having allies
08.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

Laanet: World War II taught Estonia the importance of having allies

In his address marking the anniversary of the end of World War II, Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet noted that although the act of capitulation signed by Germany 76 years ago brought joy and relief to war-weary Europeans and Americans, freedom remained only a dream for those nations left in the...
Address by Minister of Defence of Estonia Mr. Kalle Laanet on the Occasion of the 76th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War
08.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

Address by Minister of Defence of Estonia Mr. Kalle Laanet on the Occasion of the 76th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War

Ladies and Gentlemen,Today the member states of the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe. Peace was achieved seventy-six years ago after Germany signed the final and unconditional Instrument of Surrender. The Europeans were exhausted by...
07.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

Russian Federation aircrafts violated Estonian airspace twice this week

A Russian Federation plane entered Estonian airspace on Wednesday (May 5) and on Friday (May 7). On both occasions the plane, an Il-96 airliner, entered Estonian airspace without the permission and stayed in it for about a minute. During both of the airspace violations the transponder of the...
Kristjan Prikk and General Christopher G. Cavoli.
07.05.2021|Ministry of Defence

Permanent Secretary Prikk discussed the security situation and defence co-operation with the commander of United States Army Europe

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk and the commanding general of United States Army Europe and Africa General Christopher G. Cavoli, who is in Estonia to visit exercise Swift Response, met yesterday, in Tallinn. Discussed at the meeting were security threats arising from...

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