Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet was on a two-day visit to Poland, where he spoke at the Warsaw Security Forum as part of a panel discussion on the threat and deterrence of Russia. During the visit, Laanet met with the Minister of Defence of Poland, Mariusz Błaszczak, and the Minister of Defence of Montenegro, Olivera Injac.
‘At the Warsaw Security Forum, Estonia’s main message was that the most effective form of deterrence is to demonstrate the solidarity, determination, defence capability and readiness of one’s Allies,’ said Minister of Defence Laanet.
‘In addition to political statements, we must be ready to react decisively and fight for each other shoulder to shoulder,’ Laanet added.
The main topics of the meeting with the Polish Minister of Defence were Estonian-Polish bilateral defence co-operation, regional security with an emphasis on the Belarusian hybrid operation, the US military presence in the Baltic Sea region and the topics of discussion at the forthcoming meeting of NATO Defence Ministers.
‘Poland is a very important ally and regional cooperation partner for Estonia, which takes the defence of its country as seriously as we do. Poland has shown its commitment through its participation in the Baltic Air Policing mission, its repeated participation in the Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) training exercise, and its contribution to the management of the Baltic Defence College,’ the Minister of Defence noted.’
‘Together with Minister of Defence Błaszczak, we also discussed the presence of the United States in the Baltic Sea region, which is extremely important from both a political and a military point of view. Organising joint exercises with the Americans will help us better prepare for defence,’ he added.
Minister of Defence Laanet also met with the Minister of Defence of Montenegro, Olivera Injac, with whom the possibilities for defence co-operation between the two countries and issues related to hybrid threats were discussed.
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