Estonian military in close cooperation with Finland, despite NATO difference
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.