Es­to­nian mil­i­tary in close co­op­er­a­tion with Fin­land, de­spite NATO dif­fer­ence

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Fin­land is a key se­cu­rity part­ner to Es­to­nia, the De­fence Min­is­ter of Es­to­nia, a NATO mem­ber, has stated af­ter meet­ing with his Fin­nish coun­ter­part on Muhu is­land.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­ported that Es­to­nia’s Jüri Luik and Fin­land’s Jussi Ni­in­istö met on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7.

Luik eval­u­ated: «Fin­land is Es­to­nia’s reliable friend and one of its most im­por­tant se­cu­rity part­ners. (..) We have sim­i­lar se­cu­rity ap­proaches, hence our close co­op­er­a­tion and ex­change of in­for­ma­tion is ob­vi­ous».

In 2018, Fin­nish mil­i­tary units took part in the Es­to­nian war games Siil and both coun­tries co­op­er­ate as part of the new Euro­pean Per­ma­nent Struc­tured Co­op­er­a­tion for­mat (PESCO) aimed at closer de­fence co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Euro­pean Union mem­ber states. Fin­land also takes part in the NATO’s Co­op­er­a­tive Cy­ber De­fence Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence (CCDCOE) and the Baltic De­fence Col­lege, which are both lo­cated in Es­to­nia.

AFP/SCANPIX

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